Featuring timber and steel volumes embedded in an exposed concrete structure, this Chicago apartment was designed by local firm Vladimir Radutny Architects to create a spacious home for a couple.
The architect kept the space black and added structural details like the concrete ceiling and columns during the overhaul. The studio then added a number of built-in units to enhance the layout. These additions include a raised wooden platform on the main level, present in the kitchen, part of the living room and the bedroom. This platform provides an advantage for a more intimate furniture arrangement and a backdrop for plants and life objects collected throughout the customer’s life. A black steel cube conceals the bedroom and serves as a visual anchor in the living room. The panels open to reveal multiple uses, including storing a TV.
The various inserts also act as transition zones from the first step into the kitchen, hiding secondary functions. Laundry and mechanics, for example, are also integrated into these quantities. White cabinets and counters in the kitchen reflect the loft’s natural light and contrast with the exposed brick walls elsewhere. White can also be seen in the bedroom closet and bathrooms, alongside an abundance of wood used to create a cozy atmosphere.
Other updates include a new staircase design with concrete steps on the floor and slim wooden planks leading higher up the wall. The upper level functions as a sleeping loft for visitors as well as a workspace for the couple. The apartment has one bathroom on this floor and two on the main level.