House on the Gold Coast

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

This unusual house tells a story of complexity: A former stable, and a portion of a 100 year old mansion merge as a home to a family of three. A small courtyard between the two buildings spills into a side court shared by other residents. The unorthodox existing conditions incorporated uneven floors to be connected, a tenant above the mansion component, purchase of the small courtyard, its air rights, excavation of six feet for the stables, restoration, rehabilitation, new architectural stairs and bridges, and a new landscape roof on top of the former stable structure. The solution incorporates new bridges, staircases, domes, barrel and groin vaults, seemingly hovering and providing the energy of the house. Openings for light bathe the interior allowing for reflections, softness, and continuous flow to the interior space. The stair tower connects three floors and spills into the rooftop landscape. A ribbon of steel and water glass allow for privacy and light to enter as you ascend. The tower culminates in a curved glass skylight. On the mansion side, the new staircase within rises to a dome and brings light to the interior. The historic spaces are restored, while sleeping accommodations redesigned to the client's lifestyle.



Architect of Record

Constantine Vasilios
Constantine D. Vasilios and Associates, LTD
1006 S. Michigan
Ste. 702
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: 312-431-0331
cvadesign@cvadesign.com

General Contractor

Randy Meyer
Meyer & Meyer Construction
8111 St Louis Ave
Skokie, Illinois 60076
Phone: 847-568-1420

Consultant 1


Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
850 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 800
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone: 312-492-6501

Photography

Dirk Fletcher
Peter Bosy

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