Mid-Century Renovation

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Inspired by the client’s extensive collection of mid-century modern furniture, and by it's sweeping views of Lake Michigan, this apartment renovation aims to capture the views and to provide a setting to accommodate and celebrate all manner of iconic design. The revitalized plan opens up the space, affording views from east to west through the unit while automated sunshades help maintain interior comfort, reducing heating and cooling loads. It is an update that looks to retain the existing character of the building while introducing sustainable sensibilities and technology. Using a limited palate of natural materials allowed the architecture to serve as a canvas for the life and collections of the client while also achieving it's own subtle elegance. The space is unified by a continuous terrazzo floor composed of a re-used granite aggregate and recycled glass throughout and full height pivot and sliding doors that connect one space into the next. Bronze divider strips curate a path through the spaces creating a visual connection. The 1500 sq. ft. Unit features a private elevator vestibule, kitchen with breakfast nook, spacious living area, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Custom cabinetry throughout complements the owners collection and the architecture.

Architect of Record

John DeSalvo
JDD Architects
1300 N. Astor St.
#27C
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Phone: 312-543-8277
john@johndesalvodesign.com

General Contractor

Troy Steiner
Urban Carpenter
Chicago, Illinois
Phone: 312-415-4473
urbancarpenter@gmail.com

Consultant 1

Joe Barboza
Superior Terazzo
Chicago, Illinois
superior.terazzo@gmail.com

Photography

Alexander Beckman

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