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Skylight House

This modernist brick home built in 1979 stands in playful contrast to neighboring historic row homes. The owners wanted a renovation with an open floor plan filled with natural light, and a third-floor addition with a primary suite, spa bathroom, and sundeck. The project brief included a contemporary kitchen, children’s play space, media room and space for art.

The objective of the new design is clear upon entry–capturing sunlight. Unique for a city lot, the footprint of the house repeatedly steps back from the south property line, forgoing square-footage for views of the sun and sky. To maximize use of space, every inch was carefully considered. Standard 5-inch-thick walls were replaced with 1/2-inch translucent glass between the primary bathroom and hallway.

Circulation is organized around a three-story atrium capped with a pyramidal skylight, flooding the interior with light. A sculptural steel and wood staircase is suspended in the atrium, and a custom chandelier, engineered to hang from the skylight, floats in the full height of the space. Tracy Hickman curated the calming interior furnishings.

The design reimagines the interior, emphasizing clear sight lines from front to back. dSPACE-designed walnut cabinetry unifies the home and is detailed to conceal everyday necessities such as TV, pantry, desk, and a wardrobe in the primary bedroom. Sustainable elements include a green roof, high efficiency mechanicals, new thermal building envelope, and LED lighting.

Renovation + Addition

5,800 sf, 5 bed, 4.5 bath

Chicago, IL​

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This modernist brick home built in 1979 stands in playful contrast to its neighboring historic row homes. The new owners wanted a total renovation with an open floor plan filled with natural light as well as a new third floor addition with a master suite, spa-like bathroom, and sundeck... read more

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