tower house, chicago

"I’m fascinated with the expression of the car as part of the American lifestyle, the way it plugs into the house," architect Rick Phillips says. "I wanted to make it very visible as an honest statement of our culture."

Living room, dining room, and kitchen function as one space. Slate floor tiles laid with a very thin mortar joint contribute to the house’s sense of delicacy.

Rooted to earth, the polished-concrete-block stair tower contrasts with the lightness of the structural steel bays. A door to the roof draws air up through the house like a fan. The spiral fire escape adds sculpture to the back of the house.

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