Lakeshore Apartment

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Combining two one-bedroom apartments into a cohesive living space was complicated by low ceilings, dropped beams, large columns and protruding chases. These distractions were relegated to the background by creating a series of discrete built-in cabinets that anchor the living areas. The cabinetry is finished in straight-grained Lati veneer and features a wrap detail that frames each installation. In the kitchen, the wrap joins the various sizes, heights and planes of the cabinet doors into a unified whole. Similarly, the wrap unites the built-in cabinetry in the home office, and organizes the master bath cabinetry into two alcoves. The living room features a two-sided cabinet which cantilevers six feet from a structural column; one side conceals a media center, the other displays art behind glass doors Radiant heating embedded in the ceiling slab made moving electrical boxes infeasible, so lighting the new apartment presented another challenge. Linear fluorescent fixtures with asymmetric reflectors were concealed above all cabinetry to provide indirect lighting. The kitchen and dining room are illuminated by a 28’ long custom extruded aluminum fixture that provides direct down lighting over the island, spotlights in the dining room and provisions for a future pendant over the dining table.



Architect of Record

Scott Rappe
Kuklinski + Rappe Architects
1915 West Division Street
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Phone: 7732765700
srappe@kplusr.com

General Contractor

Patrick Straky
J Patrick Construcion, Inc
2853 West Leland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Phone: 3129258548
Jpatrickconstruction@msn.com

Consultant 1

Jim Senffner
Senffner & Associates
936 Beach Avenue
La Grange Park, Illinois 60526
Phone: 7085338549
jim@senffner.com

Photography

Tom Harris

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