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Lake Shore Drive

Located in Chicago, this single family residence on Lake Shore Drive opens directly onto the parkway with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan.

The house takes its form from its site; the base of the residence is rendered as a solid mass, forming a plinth that grounds the house on its prominent corner location. The plinth is carved into and becomes more open towards the lake side of the house. An interlocking volume that rises from the plinth reinforces the opening toward the lake; as the volume springs from the plinth, a double-high aperture is created that provides an expansive view from the living room towards Lake Michigan.

he split-level plan creates spaces of various scales and experiences that share in the east view towards the park and lake.

Project Architect: Sharlene Young with Wheeler Kearns Architects (founder of Symbiotic Living)
General Contractor: Sylvester Construction
Acoustical Consultant
: Threshold Acoustics
Civil Engineer: JJT Professional Services, LLC
Interiors: Kadlec Architecture + Design; Rariden Schumacher Mio & Co.
Landscape: Gardens by Leslie
MEP Engineer: IBC Engineering
Natural Stone Consultant: Peter J Gergel
Structural Engineer: C.E. Anderson & Associates
Photography: Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing, Daniel Wicke – WKA