Project DescriptionFrom AIA Chicago:
Glass, stainless steel, and marble define the kitchen for a private residence in Chicago. The client wanted a modern kitchen that could be part of the living space of the house. With a carefully selected palette of materials, we addressed the client’s needs while exploring concealment, light, and tactility. Back-painted glass is used across all vertical surfaces, concealing drawers as well as appliances such as the dishwasher, refrigerator, and ovens. With no visible hardware, it becomes a continuous surface that varies as the light conditions change. A translucent acid-etched glass backsplash conceals LED lighting, becoming a frameless, seamless glowing surface. Stainless steel creates a continuous countertop and seamlessly integrated sink with a non-directional finish, lending a softness and glow to its appearance. Tactility and functionality define the different edge details. Marble clads the ample kitchen island, visually becoming a solid and warm surface that can be used as part of the kitchen as well as for social gathering. Glass doors open and pocket into the island revealing two ovens, drawers, and extra storage. While the palette of elements used in the kitchen is minimal, their textures, application, and relationship create a space that is complex and rich in qualities.