The dramatic Southern elevation is centered on a three story curtain wall with a perforated steel screen for privacy. On the main living level, a skylight runs the length of the home on the North elevation, maximizing the passage of natural light, despite the building on the lot directly adjacent.
The interior and exterior spaces seamlessly engage each other from a wide spanning bridge connecting the main living area to the garage roof deck, making efficient use of this Chicago city lot.
The main living level is centered around the kitchen, an elevated area that functions as the command center for the home. The living room comfortably sits on one side of the kitchen, while the dining room sits on the opposite side. Dividing the dining room from a home office at the front of the house, are three 12 foot tall steel doors hung on sliding tracks from the ceiling. The doors are inlaid with glass portholes of varied sizes and fondly referred to by the home owners as Swiss cheese doors. They easily slide away into a pocket allowing them to completely open the office to the rest of the living area.
The lower level contains a two story rear foyer with a 18 foot tall wall of casework thats height stretches into the living room, creating shelving to display objects and art above and storage for coats, gloves, hats and boots below. The lower level also contains a playroom, two guest suites and a home theater. The upper level features the familys 3 bedroom suites and a small study. The stairs leading up to the roof deck are encased in glass and open to a private roof top garden with dazzling city views.
+ Project credits / data
Project: 1713 Wood House
Size: 5200 sqft
Lot size: 33′ x 125′
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Design architect: Miller Hull Partnership | http://www.millerhull.com
Interior designers: Jennifer Lissner and Kara Mann
Developer and General Contractor: Ranquist Development | http://www.ranquistdevelopment.com/
Photographer: Becky Midden, Marty Peters
Cladding: Rheinzink standing seam panels and horizontal cedar rain-screen cladding
+ About Ranquist Development
For over 35 years, Ranquist Development has acquired a reputation as a developer and builder of Chicagoland residential communities with outstanding quality and unparalleled appeal. Every development reflects many months, and sometimes years, of careful design and planning to create a unique living experience for the homeowners. With emphasis on “going beyond the ordinary”, success is reflected in the imaginative site