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.
Modern Steel and Glass Addition
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Modern Steel Glass operable bifold door Schwiess. Concrete floors, wood ceiling, light pocket, hidden lighting, cable railing, wood stairs, fire orb hanging fireplace / wood burning stove, steel grate catwalk, large picture windows, tall ceilings
“Everything” — dot2462
Modern Steel and Glass Addition
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Modern Steel Glass operable bifold door Schwiess. Concrete floors, wood ceiling, light pocket, hidden lighting, cable railing, wood stairs, fire orb hanging fireplace / wood burning stove, steel grate catwalk, large picture windows, tall ceilings
“everything; brick wall on exterior, multi-level, open space, clean” — sharonshaus
Modern Steel and Glass Addition
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Modern Steel Glass operable bifold door Schwiess. Concrete floors, wood ceiling, light pocket, hidden lighting, cable railing, metal railing, modern railing, wood stairs, fire orb hanging fireplace, steel wood burning stove, steel grate catwalk, mezzanine, track lighting, glass garage door, glass addition, modern room, large picture windows, tall ceilings
“Industrial look with garage door” — aoyuela
Fire Orb Hanging Steel Fireplace
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Steel Fire Orb Hanging Fireplace
“Fireorb” — osigurdsson
Modern Steel and Glass Addition
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Modern Steel Glass operable bifold door Schwiess. Concrete floors, wood ceiling, light pocket, hidden lighting, cable railing, wood stairs, fire orb hanging fireplace / wood burning stove, steel grate catwalk, large picture windows, tall ceilings
“metal grating” — COOPER DESIGN INC.
Modern Steel and Glass Addition
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Modern Steel Glass operable bifold door Schwiess. Concrete floors, wood ceiling, light pocket, hidden lighting, cable railing, wood stairs, fire orb hanging fireplace / wood burning stove, steel grate catwalk, large picture windows, tall ceilings
“Escalera” — jajajc
Glass Bi-fold Door - Close-up
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Steel and Glass 17ft Tall Bi-fold Door Zoom
“Door” — jkharrison
Exterior View
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The owners of this 1880’s Italianate two-flat wanted to convert the property to a single-family home and add space. The design concept was to maintain the historic façade in accordance with landmark regulations while renovating the interior and adding a contemporary steel and glass addition to the rear of the home. The addition is a two story space evoking the typology of an or...More
“Spiral stair” — Backyard Builders/Braniff Construction
Exterior View
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The owners of this 1880’s Italianate two-flat wanted to convert the property to a single-family home and add space. The design concept was to maintain the historic façade in accordance with landmark regulations while renovating the interior and adding a contemporary steel and glass addition to the rear of the home. The addition is a two story space evoking the typology of an or...More
“top floor/ground floor juxtaposition” — ckielland
Bi-Fold Door
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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. Final photos will be posted soon. Enjoy!
“aircraft hangar style door -17 foot” — aoyuela
Modern Atrium Interior
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The owners of this 1880’s Italianate two-fl at wanted to convert the property to a single-family home and add space. The design concept was to maintain the historic façade in accordance with landmark regulations while renovating the interior and adding a contemporary steel and glass addition to the rear of the home. The addition is a two story space evoking the typology of an o...More
“fireplace” — megje
Private Roof Deck above the Addition
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“railing” — feodorane
Glass Bi-fold Door
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“folding door, outside stairs to rooftop” — glhackney
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