Inside a century old structure initially built for automotive assembly and display, we renovated a residence that was poorly functioning as a domestic space. In resolving the spatial problems inside this impressive volumetric shell we crafted a living environment that evokes mental wellness and inspiration within.
Now, as one enters this dwelling through a low, wood clad transition zone the overwhelming feeling of being inside a large industrial room is very much subdued. Scaled architectural components, material restraint and theatrical lighting throughout, lessens the overall spatial dominance, while openness and clarity of space is maintained.
▼工业气息浓厚的住宅内部，the interior of the house with factory style
Living functions such as laundry, mechanicals and storage are integrated within the built-in cabinetry and dispersed strategically throughout the space. Kitchen elements are treated similarly and placed atop the raised platform to elevate one’s experience during preparation of meals with views in a direction of our city’s most iconic street, Michigan Avenue. The continuous wood platform organizes the vastness of the open room, providing an edge for more intimate furniture arrangement and a backdrop for plants and life objects collected throughout our client’s lives.
▼拥有绝佳景观的开放式厨房，an open kitchen with a great view
▼木制平台将厨房整体抬高，the bottom wooden floor elevates the kitchen as a whole
Clad in black steel, the sleeping cube is situated away from the perimeter for greater noise and temperature control. Acting as a visual anchor atop a platform, it is fully programed, the metal skin transforms as panels open up, revealing one of many uses contained within. While its main purpose echoes a primal cave for sleeping, lined in wood paneling with borrowed daylight forms an oasis within.
▼卧室被包裹在黑色钢材之中，clad in black steel, the sleeping cube is situated away from the perimeter
▼卧室外壳还可用作电视柜，bedroom casing still can be a TV stand
▼可滑动玻璃门为卧室带来良好采光，sliding glass doors bring good light to the bedroom
▼内衬木镶板与隐约的日光却共同形成了室内绿洲， lined in wood paneling with borrowed daylight forms an oasis within
As one moves between levels, a variety of unexpected vantage points and views are revealed. These upper levels function as sleeping space for visitors and couple’s work zones, enabling open living to have both separation and connectivity throughout the day. At the upper loft, where one finally comes close with the concrete ceiling, a doorway leads to a vast outdoor garden with views of our city’s majestic skyline.
▼从客厅向阁楼望去，view to the upper loft from living room
▼通往阁楼的楼梯细部，details of stairs
▼平行镂空的楼梯赋予了空间更多通透感，the stair of parallel hollow out gave a space more transparent sense
▼二楼拐角处视角，view of the second floor corner
▼二楼休息区域，rest area on the second floor
▼二楼工作区域，working area on the second floor
▼一层平面图，the first ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，the second floor plan
Design Architect: Vladimir Radutny Architects
Location: Chicago, USA
Design Team: Vladimir Radutny, Ryan Sarros, Fanny Hothan
Construction: Artistic Construction LLC
Project Area: 2250 sq.ft.
Project Year: 2015-2018
Photographs: Mike Schwartz Photography