McGuire Architectural Interiors - Lake Shore Drive Apartment Views

LAKE SHORE DRIVE APARTMENT

LAKE SHORE DRIVE APARTMENT

Based on the classic pre-war apartments of Chicago's Gold Coast, this all-new condominium was designed and built for an active family of four, with modern amenities thoughtfully integrated into its plan and details. The sequence of spaces alternate between formal rooms and transitional passageways, helping to focus views and increase the apparent volume of rooms though the simple regulation of compressed and expanded spaces. Utilities, storage, and support functions line the areas between primary rooms-a hallway becomes a Butlers Pantry, doors jambs become Coat Closets, and passageways are fitted with cabinets that conceal media equipment.

The perimeter walls are treated formally with applied trims and panelmold and are whitewashed to a uniform warm white. Walnut floors are ebonized. The effect conjures a traditional envelope that is dematerialized and simplified. The result is a crisp, serene backdrop for a collection of singular and sculptural furnishings. New cabinetry and built-ins match the scale and form of their traditional companions but are detailed with paired-down profiles and finished in striking veneers. Hardware and fittings are kept minimal and uniform. Modern appliances and lighting fixtures are made intentionally conspicuous, heightening the contrast between old and new.

Lake Shore Drive Apartment was designed by Patrick McGuire for Related Midwest.

Photography by Craig Dugan.

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