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Bucktown Residence

Min | Day

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Bucktown Residence

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4,500 sq. feet


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2015 Residential Architect Design Awards
Architectural Interiors

In Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, a three-story, 4,500-square-foot speculative house received a top-to-bottom renovation with new interiors that emphasize creative spaces and materiality. Using custom white oak millwork, Omaha, Neb.– and San Francisco–based Min|Day devised hidden infrastructure and storage cleverly tucked behind walls: Folds in the living room’s white oak paneling conceal a bar that lowers mechanically, while horizontal oak slats in the master bedroom pivot to reveal a built-in desk with a matching, slat-clad bench. Hot-rolled steel surrounds fireplaces and forms shelving and niches. Judicious use of color—a red wine cellar, a pink bedroom, and a chrome office—breaks from the all-white aesthetic of the house’s public spaces. Garapa wood–lined decks at four levels provide semi-enclosed overlooks to the city, with a penthouse-level bar and covered outdoor dining area. A staircase allows access to a basement-level garden, and the garage roof gains terraced steel-and-wood outdoor areas. —Deane Madsen, Assoc. AIA

From the Jury

“This house has a lot of design craft, with built-in gizmos that are splashy but also seem completely practical, such as the desk arrangement next to the fireplace.” —Bruce D. Snider

Project Credits

Architect: Min|Day, Omaha, Neb., and San Francisco—Jeffrey L. Day, AIA,  E.B. Min, AIA (principals)
Project Size: 4,500 square feet
Construction Cost: $200 per square foot

Click here to see all of the winners from the 2015 Residential Architect Design Awards.

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