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Open to nature

Presenting a sculptural, staggered facade of standing seam zinc panels to the street, this expansive home opens up to embrace nature on the other side

The large double-height interiors translate into an open,
The large double-height interiors translate into an open, sculptural facade when the home is viewed from the rear.

Designed by: 

Kevin Toukoumidis, Bob McFadden, dSpace Studio 

Project Description

This Lakeview home takes a unique approach to city living by dramatically integrating with the landscape.

The owners, a couple with three children, wanted a private, yet light-filled home with a strong connection to the outdoors.

Programme requirements included open-plan living with space for art, master suite with private deck and spa, gym, rooftop sport court, and a children’s hangout room with bunks for sleepovers.

A key design feature of the home is slab-on-grade construction which locates interior and exterior spaces at the same level, promoting indoor-outdoor living.


The facade of the home, clad in warm,
The facade of the home, clad in warm, standing seam zinc panels, is composed of three parallel planes that step back from the street.

A double-height great room with a window wall and oversized sliding doors amplifies the connection to the outdoors, which includes a dining patio, built-in BBQ, and a fireplace lounge defined by a steel pergola with an oculus.

The facade of the home, clad in warm, standing seam zinc panels, is composed of three parallel planes that step back from the street.

This design preserves privacy while permitting framed views through floor-to-ceiling windows inset between the planes.

A garden of trees and weathered steel planters guide a path to the front door. The effect is both striking and subdued.

The owners, a couple with three children, wanted
The owners, a couple with three children, wanted a private, yet light-filled home with a strong connection to the outdoors.

The south-facing rear elevation is defined by bevelled zinc portals that provide solar shading and focused views toward the skyline.

These dynamic details complement outdoor spaces, including an oversized yard and textural plantings.

The master suite includes a two-sided fireplace that opens to a private roof terrace with a built-in spa overlooking the city.

Sustainable elements include durable and recycled material, high efficiency mechanicals, a tight thermal envelope, high-efficiency windows, and drought-tolerant native plantings.

A double-height great room with a window wall
A double-height great room with a window wall and oversized sliding doors amplifies the connection to the outdoor living areas, which include a dining patio, built-in BBQ, and a fireplace lounge defined by a steel pergola with an oculus.

Credit list

Builder
LG Development Group
Structural engineer
MLT Structural Engineering
Plumbing/electrical engineer
Geosolar Energy Farm
Wood cladding
Trespa Meteon high-pressure compact laminate, Italian Walnut, matt finish
Masonry
Old Castle Half-high Harvard Brik concrete masonry
Planters
Corten steel, from Planterworx
Fridge and freezer
Sub-Zero
Cooktop
Gaggenau
Taps
Wall-mounted faucet – Watermark; Hansgrohe Axor
Custom stainless steel hot tub
Diamond Spa
Paint in master bathroom
Metallic, on water resistant MDF – Benjamin Moore
Lighting
CSL Ecosmart Downlights
Awards
AIA Chicago Chapter
Interior designer
Project Interiors
Landscape architect
Kemora Landscapes
Mechanical engineer
AA Service Co
Facade cladding
Single Lock Standing Seam, AnthraZinc finish, by VM Zinc
Wood soffits, cladding, louvres
Ipe hardwood
Windows
Unilux Fineline aluminium-Curtainwall System – triple glazing; Unilux Designline aluminuim, direct-set – triple glazing
Kitchen cabinetry, custom
Demeter rift-cut white oak, by Classen; Ernestomeda
Oven, dishwashers
Miele
Kitchen sink
Kallista Multiere
Basin, faucet and shower head, guest bathroom
Kohler
Living area fireplace
Boulevard
Flooring
Engineered plank, brushed European white oak finish
Landscape lighting
Luminii LED, Lithonia, SPJ

Designed by: Kevin Toukoumidis, dSpace Studio

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Tony Soluri

16 May, 2021

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