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Wheeler Kearns Architects Envision The Life of An Art Lover in The Heart of Chicago

A home art enthusiasts can “love, have pride in, (and be) comfortable; (with the) ability to entertain graciously with simple elegance”.

Nov 09, 2020 | By Julia Roxan

Gutted to a shell condition, whilst awaiting the new interventions, this Chicago high-rise was meticulously selected for Wheeler Kearns Architects’ next project, thanks to its 11 foot high ceilings, south-facing orientation, and 360 degree views of the city. Designed for lifelong collectors, this house was conceptualised under the instruction to create a home art enthusiasts can “love, have pride in, (and) are comfortable in; (with the) ability to entertain graciously with simple elegance”.

Wheeler Kearns Architects Envision The Life of An Art Lover in The Heart of Chicago

Careful to include space for numerous pieces of mid-century-to-present-day furniture, sculptures, and other forms of art – it was important to the clients that Wheeler Kearns Architects’ draft a welcoming floor plan for the couple, their dog, immediate family, and philanthropic events for 75 people.

Showcasing non-directional end-grain walnut floor, which provides visual weight and presents a sense of durability, alongside a shelving/storage/mezzanine loft and stair, doors and jamb-liners, plus plastered perimeter walls, perforated metal, slatted wood, and floating planes of fabric which provide acoustic absorption. Working in close collaboration with the inhabitants, who are intimately knowledgeable, and fascinated with construction, this home draws inspiration from the likes of Jean Prouve, Pierre Chareau, and one of the couple’s father, who was an expert machinist.


 
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