Industrial building turned into loft-residence project
This home in downtown Lincoln Park, Chicago is a historic example of Windy City architecture and art. Its story begins with the owner, who was a non-standard personality for those times, a great original, an adherent of non-traditional techniques and designs, those who liked to say whatever he thinks.
He was the owner of a construction company that developed many commercial buildings in the city, including many shopping and business centers. He grew up in one of the suburbs, but lived in a sophisticated area when he actually decided to buy a house in Chicago.
The place he chose was, to put it mildly, not without problems. The household was in desolation, the roof was leaking and could only serve as a haven for local pigeons. Nobody lived in the house for a long time and this could not but affect his condition.
The new owner chose Michael Graham’s company as the designers. The specialist says that the campaign of his designers was faced with a difficult task – to reflect the spirit of modernity in the exterior and interior of the house and at the same time to place an impressive collection of modern art works of the new owner with the greatest harmony.
Home ownership located in downtown Chicago has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with toilets and 2 toilets. Next door is the gatekeeper’s house with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom.
Even a quick glance at the new facade of the house allows us to conclude that the new owner had no thoughts to create an exterior that would merge with other buildings on the street. Graham says it was one of the most unusual projects his professionals have had to deal with. After all, not every day you can meet a homeowner who is ready to place a huge sculpture of a bright blue color at the main entrance to his home, representing an art object of our time.
The unique piece by John Henry was nicknamed by the neighbors “Big Blue”, but in fact this sculpture is called “Chevron”. The appearance of this art object caused a lively controversy in the ranks of the public; it even had its own Facebook page.
Despite the fact that the former house no longer exists, its brickwork was preserved. This was a fundamental condition for Michael Graham. When asked whether his desire was altruistic or aesthetic, he replied that both were true.
Graham’s team is renowned for specializing in recycled materials through recycling, energy conservation and energy efficient materials, structures and appliances.
But besides this, Graham has a weakness for old brickwork, imitation of long-term patina on newly erected walls, finding a completely unique shade to create unusual images of building facades.
In Chicago, there are many old buildings, the employees of the company of Michael Graham were involved in saving the architecture. The unique pink-ocher color of the brickwork, the unusual structure of the tall brick fence enclosing the Chicago home area, is one of them.
The appearance of the fence, which harmoniously combines brick, natural wood and metal elements, gives us an idea of how the interior spaces of the household are decorated. For example, the motif of the circle, the Irish symbol of good luck, is a tribute to the homeowner’s Polish roots.
As for the metal and masonry models, neither gives us a link to the works of the famous Chicago designer of the 20th century, Edgar Miller. The circles that you noticed on the gate are not just a decorative detail, but one of the many symbols of good luck, of which you will see many in the interior of the house.
Look closely at the decoration of the balcony, which can be accessed from the guest bedroom on the second floor, in the lower part of it the circles represent the phases of the moon. All over the house we will see quite a few references to the moon, sun and stars. When an architect is asked what they mean, he utters a simple and laconic answer – “Everything.”
Penetrating through the central gate into the courtyard, you find yourself in front of the facade of the house, of which there are many in the suburbs of Chicago. But this building with black window frames and a modern canopy over the porch is like an American wearing a black leather biker jacket with rivets, like a symbol of some rebelliousness, courage and brutality.
Take a close look at this metal-framed glass canopy and you will see the sun, stars and ampersand on its elements. When asked about the symbolic use of the ampersand, Graham refers to the famous novel A Room with a View.
In this work there was an episode when in an empty room, instead of the things of former guests, the reader finds only a sheet with a drawn question mark. Graham liked the idea of using the ampersand as an element to surprise anyone entering a Chicago home for the first time.
The landscaping of the courtyard impresses with the same splendor and sophisticated approach as the facade of the building. A tree-lined courtyard, evergreens in beautiful garden pots, neat paths – all this forms a pleasant outwardly and convenient from the point of view of operation image of the local area.
Interior of loft-residence is a masterpiece
Michael Graham says that in traditional colonial houses in Chicago, you would never see a dining room and a living room located in the same room right at the entrance to the house. And in these urban suites, you can see the dining segment, living room, kitchen and lounge area as soon as you enter through the main entrance.
The high timber-beamed ceilings and brick walls are very Chicago-like. Graham and his team used recycled materials in surface finishes and some structures. But the main merit is that they managed to preserve the original natural wood flooring.
The author’s design of the house is based on causing as little harm to the environment as possible and using only safe materials for construction and decoration.
The owner of the house is completely fearless in his love of art and bright colors. If for someone the presence of a colorful painting with a horse and an antique carpet with a variegated print within one room is too much, then just not for the new owner of a unique Chicago house.
Bright furniture, distinctive decor items, unique chandeliers that imitate antique lighting fixtures, all within the industrial style of the interior .
Using objects of contemporary art to decorate premises is not an easy task, and not only due to the large scale of some art objects, but due to the colorfulness of the canvases, their distinctive character, bright colors and expressive subjects.
Laser-cut metal was used to decorate the original staircase . The template for this unusual drawing was designed by an architect based on the work of the famous 19th century master who designed the library in Saint-Genevieve. As you know, great design breeds equally great imitations. The design of the library was inspired by the design of the pantheon itself in Rome.
The kitchen is located simultaneously next to one of the flights of the stairs and directly below it. The first thing that catches your eye in this unusual interior is the stars carved into the base of the kitchen island.
While creating the interior design for the Chicago homeownership, Graham claims that all the time he imagined its owner – a noisy and loud person, acquaintance with whom many people perceive as happiness.
Therefore, there are so many natural materials, warm colors and cozy furniture in the interior, but we also see a lot of bright, colorful objects and a wide variety of decor, which appears before us like glass in a kaleidoscope in various compositions.
The dining area is opposite the kitchen. Michael Graham says he really likes the plaid print that we see in the upholstery of the upholstered chairs with backs. This is at least a very unexpected move for a room with industrial motives in design. According to the architect, this area is often used – the owner of the house has many friends, besides, his three children live nearby and almost every evening a fun campaign gathers around this dinner table.
But the sculpture, nicknamed “Big Mom” is a regular guest in the dining area (in fact, the art object is called “Big Lady”). The homeowner loves provocative and shocking art.
Behind Big Mom we see a winter garden located in a room with huge panoramic windows. This room with a fireplace is designed to relax with family members or friends over a glass of wine in a warm and cozy environment. To make it easier to water the flowers in pots suspended from the ceiling beams, improvised dishes were installed at the bottom.
In this room, the architect has once again reserved some magic for visitors. Among the floral print and images of the sun, among the six-pointed stars (taken from the flag of Chicago), there are symbolic images of various talismans. The architect is a big mischief, he took models of these mascots from the packs of baby breakfast cereals.
Here is the original, openwork design of the spiral staircase leading to the wine cellar. The dark color of the staircase looks very impressive against the brickwork background, bringing the necessary contrast and structure to the interior.
The wine cellar’s window and door designs mimic the steel entrance door models we saw at the start of our tour of Chicago home ownership with original interiors. The spacious room of the cellar for storing drinks with its design gives us a reference to the buildings of the ancient period, the spirit of antiquity hovers here everywhere.
In the attic there are bedrooms for guests and another recreation area – a living room. The interior of this room can be viewed for hours – everything in it is unusual and interesting.
For example, a round table with a long history has probably seen a lot of card games. And the antique easel has been converted into a thin-screen TV stand. Together they created such an organic composition that it is already difficult to imagine these two objects without each other.
Once again, the combination of wooden surfaces, forged products, brickwork and unusual furnishings with works of art creates a non-trivial, unique alliance, reflected in the cozy interior of the lounge.
One of the bedrooms in the main house has a similar gabled ceiling. The designer used a dark blue cashmere fabric for the facade of the ceiling and some vertical surfaces. “This is not only an attractive appearance, but also excellent sound insulation,” says the specialist.
The incredible pattern of marble surfaces amazes us in a luxurious bathroom . Despite the abundant use of marble in the decoration of the bathroom, its interior looks warm, radiant – all thanks to the use of a beige and peach palette.
The room is literally immersed in streams of natural light. Large panoramic windows allow the owner of the house to admire the scenery of Lincoln Park. Those who have been to Chicago will understand that such a view from the window is worth a lot.
You may like the exterior and interior of this unique Chicago home, but it is absolutely clear that no one will remain indifferent to its design. Michael Graham compares the design of this household with Shakespeare’s plays – some laugh at jokes, some are happy with the very fact of reading, while others were able to grasp the essence of the work, but it is important that in the end everyone was satisfied.
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Originally posted 2020-07-25 14:58:16.