Private Residence in a Highrise

Chicago, Illinois

This renovated residence overlooking Chicago and the lakefront from a high floor combined two units into a single larger unit with accommodations for guests or future live-in caregivers. The plan uses two long enfilades – one public and one private –glazed reveals between the interior walls and perimeter, varied ceiling heights and custom lighting tracks to make more generous views and a feeling of greater ceiling height than would otherwise have been available. A terrazzo floor flows through the public areas and a continuous grille at the ceiling conceals numerous devices and pieces of mechanical equipment that would otherwise have forced a lowered ceiling throughout. Hopes steel doors in a dark finish with translucent glazing are used at pockets along both enfilades and throughout the apartment and special wall finishes include sand-finished plaster, silk panels and leather tile. The materials create a comfortable domestic mood while offering a textured but reserved background for the owner’s collection of fine art and craft.


All images courtesy of Tigerman McCurry Architects.
Photos: Hedrich Blessing courtesy TMA.
Published in Architectural Digest March 2004, p.178.
Recipient of the ASID design excellence award (2005 best of show – residence over 3000 s.f.)