A Stainless Steel Apartment
AIA Chicago Citation of Merit, 1994
AIA Chicago Citation of Merit, 1993
Photography: Marco Lorenzetti | Hedrich Blessing
860-880 Lakeshore Drive — two 1951 landmark Mies van der Rohe steel-and-glass apartment towers have magnificent Lake Michigan views and the city. Desiring a minimally furnished and dynamically detailed space that would reflect and extend this classic building's architecture, a young family of four purchased a two-story duplex space on the top floor of building 860.
The only two-story space in either tower, unity between the two floors, was achieved through an elongated central stair, which provides dramatic views of the lake while creating a unique opportunity to experience Mies' curtainwall from the inside.