Esacpe Pod: Chicago Urban Steel & Glass Residence

The owners of this 1880s Italianate two-flat wanted to convert the property to a single-family home and add space. The design intent was to maintain the historic facade in accordance with landmark regulations while renovating the interior and adding a contemporary steel and glass structure to the rear of the home. The addition is a two story space evoking the typology of an orangery - a glass enclosed structure used as a conservatory, common in England where the owners have lived.

The original two-flat was unified into a single-family residence by a three-story atrium with an open steel and wood staircase connecting all floors. The atrium, with large overhead skylights, functions as a light well for the lower floors. Steel catwalks bridge the front and rear of the home at the second and third levels. The existing crawl space was excavated and enlarged into a true lower level with highly insulated concrete walls and slab.

A landscaped terrace, clad in ipe wood, is located on the roof of the addition and is accessible from the third floor living space as well as an exterior staircase. A unique design element is an operable 17ft glass hangar door at the rear of the addition that can be opened to create a continuous interior-exterior space.

Sustainable design elements include recycled materials, energy efficient LED lighting, rainwater collection system, drought-tolerant plantings, high-efficiency mechanicals, solar hot water system, radiant floor heating, and infrastructure for future geothermal installation.
Steel & Glass Operable Bi-fold Door (Closed)
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A unique design element is an operable 17ft glass hangar door at the rear of the addition that can be opened to create a continuous interior-exterior space.
“UY” — erdem8268
Steel & Glass Operable Bi-fold Door (Open)
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A unique design element is an operable 17ft glass hangar door at the rear of the addition that can be opened to create a continuous interior-exterior space.
“Save for Architect Reference” — var1104
Steel & Glass Interior
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The addition is a two story space evoking the typology of an orangery - a glass enclosed structure used as a conservatory, common in England where the owners have lived.
“nice” — apple47
Fire Orb Hanging Steel Fireplace
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The Fire Orb is a suspended wood burning fireplace that rotates 360 degrees.
“fireplace and window” — cadia1
Steel Cable Rail
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A steel cable rail reflects the contemporary look and dramatically opens the space to allow for more natural lighting.
“floor” — stevebokor
Steel Cable Rail and Wood Stairs
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Open wood stair treads bring in warmth to the space while complementing the steel cable rail and contemporary style.
“stairs to the roof” — liadsegal
Steel & Glass Bi-fold Door - Close-up
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Steel and Glass 17ft Tall Bi-fold Door Zoom
“Door” — jkharrison
Roofdeck Above
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Steel and glass 17ft tall bi-fold door with roof deck above
Steel & Glass Operable Bi-fold Door (Closed)
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The atrium, with large overhead skylights, functions as a light well for the lower floors. Steel catwalks bridge the front and rear of the home at the second and third levels.
“Focus fireplace” — josette23
Steel & Glass Operable Bi-fold Door (Open)
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Sustainable design elements include recycled materials, energy efficient LED lighting, rainwater collection system, drought-tolerant plantings, high-effi ciency mechanicals, solar hot water system, radiant floor heating, and infrastructure for future geothermal installation.
“clean” — horvath14
Steel & Glass Bi-Fold Door Installation
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This Construction Photo series shows the 17 foot tall glass aircraft hangar-style door. This modern glass and steel atrium unifies the two-flat conversion beyond and opens the home to the yard.
“openning window” — naohart
Interior Concept Rendering
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Computer modeling and photo-realistic renderings like this are a great tool we use to visualize the space during early design phases.
“fireplace” — megje
Roof Deck Concept Rendering
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Computer modeling and photo-realistic renderings like this are a great tool we use to visualize the space during early design phases.
“Roof deck amazo” — mataboombats
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