Elemental Kitchen

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Glass, stainless steel, and marble define the kitchen for a private residence in Chicago. The client wanted a modern kitchen that could be part of the living space of the house. With a carefully selected palette of materials, we addressed the client’s needs while exploring concealment, light, and tactility. Back-painted glass is used across all vertical surfaces, concealing drawers as well as appliances such as the dishwasher, refrigerator, and ovens. With no visible hardware, it becomes a continuous surface that varies as the light conditions change. A translucent acid-etched glass backsplash conceals LED lighting, becoming a frameless, seamless glowing surface. Stainless steel creates a continuous countertop and seamlessly integrated sink with a non-directional finish, lending a softness and glow to its appearance. Tactility and functionality define the different edge details. Marble clads the ample kitchen island, visually becoming a solid and warm surface that can be used as part of the kitchen as well as for social gathering. Glass doors open and pocket into the island revealing two ovens, drawers, and extra storage. While the palette of elements used in the kitchen is minimal, their textures, application, and relationship create a space that is complex and rich in qualities.



Architect of Record

Julie Michiels
MAS Studio
1564 North Damen Avenue
Suite 204
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Phone: 312 401 4537
julie@mas-studio.com

Associate Architect

Iker Gil
MAS Studio
1564 North Damen Avenue
Suite 204
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Phone: 312 4014537
iker@mas-studio.com

General Contractor

Colin Ulrich
Ulrich and Associates Construction LLC
4258 North Greenview Avenue
Suite 3d
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Phone: 312 520 4466
colin@ulrichandassoc.com

Photography

Iker Gil

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