The owners desired a contemporary, urban infill home inspired by the iconic Graystone homes of Chicago. A monolithic block wall in three shades of gray is broken up by metal accents and a glass-wrapped stair tower. Smaller openings are strategically placed to provide desirable vistas, while avoiding direct alignment with adjacent neighbors.

The biggest opportunity was to create an efficient, yet compact two-story with endless amenities. Overall, the home’s compact design functions with the efficiency of a Swiss Army knife. The main level is completely open from the living room on through to the kitchen and dining areas. A retractable-screened porch is accessible from the kitchen, providing a much-desired private outdoor living space. The back of the home boasts a full dining room, coffee and wine bar, lockers, pantry and pet space.

The upper level is accessed by way of the light-filled, glass-wrapped stair and features a full laundry, office, and secondary bedroom. Also included is a sitting room preceding the master bedroom, which can be closed off for privacy as an extension of the master suite or left open for shared use. The master features a fantastic view, extensive storage, and spa-style bath.


Judges noted that this project really moves the needle forward for its location—particuarly in terms of its striking exterior—and has a successful floor plan that makes great use of the available space. The proportions are pleasing, and the project team successfully mixed materials and colors. The project’s use of glass, particularly in the stair sequence and in how the windows extend to the floor, is both unusual and striking.

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