Lake Shore Drive Residence by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

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The redesign of this two-bedroom condominium in an iconic 1969 high rise in Chicago’s Gold Coast, came with several design objectives: showcase the view of Lake Michigan, provide ample space for a growing art collection, and create a casual atmosphere for enjoying Chicago summers.

Lake Shore Drive Residence by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects
Photograph © Cynthia Lynn

To increase the openness of the plan upon entry, SLH moved the kitchen to back up against the master bath core, and widened the opening to the second bedroom, maintaining a clear view from east to west. The second bedroom functions mainly as a TV den, transforming when needed to a sleeping space with a large sliding door.

Lake Shore Drive Residence by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects
Photograph © Cynthia Lynn

A generous gallery greets guests, displays artwork, and conceals the master suite and laundry rooms. The paneled passageway through the master closet leads to a bright west-facing bedroom and the bath. The main living area has four enclaves: the dining table, open kitchen, living area, and a nook for listening to records while enjoying views of the lake. 

Vintage furniture mingles with new upholstered pieces in every room, for a comfortable aesthetic that merges modern design with sentiment. The evolving art collection inhabits both drywall and lacquered walls be means of a recessed hanging track for future flexibility.

Lake Shore Drive Residence by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects
Photograph © Cynthia Lynn
Bathroom
Bathroom | Photograph © Cynthia Lynn

Key Challenges

Starting with a restricted initial floor plan with natural light only available on opposite ends of the unit, the Architect was challenged to create a spacious residence which would be generously sized for hosting guests and would have optimal lighting for art.

The Brief

Create a residence with a modern aesthetic where the Architecture sets a stage for the clients wide ranging art collection.

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