SKY VAULT

Chicago, IL​

4,500 sf, 3 bed, 3.5 bath

Interior Architecture

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This penthouse overlooks Lincoln Park. The owner obtained 4,500 sf of raw space atop a luxury high-rise and wanted an open-plan contemporary residence that maximizes expansive city and lake views.

The French-inspired building has a mansard roof with arched windows and vaulted ceilings. Influenced by these unalterable elements, the interior architecture expresses the vault detail in ceilings and doorways throughout. Arches offer dramatic space for the owner’s art collection and temper the impact of 14-foot ceilings.

We combined contemporary details with traditional materials. A minimalist reveal is used in place of baseboards. Oversized oak flooring provides a modern reinterpretation of herringbone and compliments the large scale space. Custom steel shelving traces the vault detail. Linear in-floor lighting washes walls, ceilings, and windows.

 

An edited material palette ensures design continuity: European white oak floors, cabinets, and paneling; plaster ceilings and walls; porcelain marble slabs in bathrooms and kitchen. The veneer of the millwork was carefully sourced to match the flooring. Ruth Johnson Interiors curated the artful furnishings.

 

Structural challenges influenced the design. Living spaces were located at the perimeter to maximize views, but utility stacks did not align. To overcome this challenge, we raised the master suite one step to increase design flexibility and provide clearance to connect the new bathroom to existing plumbing.

  • Design Options
  • Floor Plan Concepts
  • 3D Model Studies
  • Renders & Sketches
  • Budget Evaluation

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PRELIMINARY

DESIGN

Data Gathering
Budget Analysis
Site Studies
Aesthetic Exploration
Project Tours

PHASE 2

SCHEMATIC DESIGN

Design Options
Floor Plan Concepts
3D Model Studies
Renders & Sketches
Budget Evaluation

PHASE 3

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Detailed Renders
Plan Development
Showroom Tours
Budget Evaluation
Contractor Bidding

PHASE 4

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

Final Design Details
Detailed Drawings
Select Contractor
Permits Obtained
Construction Planning

PHASE 5

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

Site Meetings
Review Payments
Submittal Reviews
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