Lake Shore Drive Apartment

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

This 2,500 sf apartment occupies the second floor of Fugard and Knapp's Renaissance palazzo style Shoreland Apartments (1919). Previously modified and remodeled many times, interior was stripped to its concrete structure. Original features such as the unusual dual-level plan and thick exterior wall construction remained as organizing devices for an entirely re-imagined interior.

The design-savvy client requested an elegant city apartment with idiosyncratic moments of wonder, the execution of which required careful attention to detail. Each room's proportion and scale were closely considered while balancing building envelope constraints. Mechanical systems are quietly integrated within walls and ceilings. Distinct rooms are joined by thick wall portals, aligned to create focal points and a sense of openness.

Sumptuous materials and fine craftsmanship enrich the apartment. Terrazzo floors with hand placed glass mosaic smalti borders unify the project by flowing through open portals. A black slate stair integrates with adjacent wall paneling and floor surfaces. Custom plaster ceiling moldings vary according to room proportion and establish a setting for many specialty light fixtures. Herringbone oak floors, custom millwork, and finely tuned bathrooms complete the design intent to achieve a unique modern interior comfortably integrated within a vintage building.

Architect of record

Paul Kraemer
Vinci | Hamp Architects, Inc.
1147 West Ohio Street, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 3127337744

General contractor

Tony DiVittorio
T&T Construction
520 Executive Drive
Willowbrook, IL 60527, USA
Phone: 630-325-7585

Consultant 1

Eric Ceputis
229 E. Lake Shore Drive, Unit 2W
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 847-858-5589

Consultant 2

John Linehan
Althoff Industries, Inc.
8001 South Route 31
Crystal Lake, IL 60014, USA
Phone: (815) 455-7000


Tom Rossiter
Chicago, IL 
Phone: 312-543-8233