Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

This renovation of a 2,200 square foot apartment recasts existing cellular spaces into a residence maximizing use of abundant natural daylight and cross ventilation, while recognizing the horizon’s strong presence.  “Strong bones” of the building encourage contiguous living spaces facing east, and bedrooms west. Two interior axes organize space and movement. Circulation occurs in relation to light and views.

Hinged and sliding panels filter light, allowing spaces to perform multiple functions – a pivoting glass wall separates the entry foyer from the combined living/dining rooms. A clear margin frames the horizon at eye level.  Sliding panels opposite the main entry conceal utility functions and allow the kitchen to be acoustically separated from the private realm. The kitchen bulletin board is made from 880 recycled wine corks.

The combination library/playroom borrows daylight through continuous clerestory glazing. Mirrors, which formerly clad walls & ceilings of public rooms, are recycled as horizontal light reflectors above the bookshelves to push daylight deep into the interior. All remaining salvaged mirrored panels were donated to the construction of a dance studio in St. Louis. Full height sliding walls allow this space to be separated when privacy is required in the media/guest room or master closet.

Architect of Record

Eric R. Keune
w.erk Studio

General Contractor

Ken Ivaska
Ivaska Builders
75 W. Algonguin Road
Des Plains, Illinois 60016
Phone: 847-296-0000
Fax: 847-296-0055

Consultant 1

Lisa Piana Lighting
14 La Mirage Cir
Alisa Viejo, California 92656
Phone: 310-346-3474

Consultant 2

William Baker
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
224 S. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1000
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-360-4360
Fax: 312-360-4545


Eric R. Keune
Steven Hall
Anthony Max D. Marty

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