Michigan Loft in Chicago
The Michigan Loft. First of all we are in Chicago. A name that immediately transports our minds to the scenery of a great American metropolis. Frantic pace, high lifestyle, multi-faceted city. How to reconfigure the interiors in such a context? What can be the right interpretation, able to reconcile a streak of metropolitan life with the need to find a refuge in our own home?
So this is the challenge to which the local architecture firm Vladimir Radutny Architects has to respond. A project that is certainly not simple, but more challenging than ever. A real challenge that we want to tell you in today’s article, to reflect together on the theme of urban living. Large spaces and small details that make the difference in a metropolitan context. This is the Michigan Loft in Chicago.
The concept: a home inside an industrial skin
“These meandering spaces are three-dimensionally distributed and yet assembled as one cohesive home inside a raw industrial cloak” – said the studio.
An industrial envelope with minimal tones, which welcomes the function of living. Simplicity and essential geometries therefore for a contemporary residence, which wants to be, as a result, a refuge, a place of detachment.
Michigan Loft is a renovated apartment on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. It was designed by local firm Vladimir Radutny Architects to create a spacious home for a couple. So local firm Vladimir Radutny Architects was enlisted to transform the 2,250-square-foot (209-square-metre) home for a couple, after finding that the existing layout was “poorly functioning as a domestic space”. The apartment is located inside a century-old structure that was built for automotive assembly and display. Michigan Loft is certainly a real symbol of the contrast between public and residential space.
Interior Design: concrete and wood!
This apartment in Chicago, the Michigan Loft, features wood and steel volumes slotted within an exposed concrete structure. So these are the two materials, cement and wood, which reconfigure the interior and certainly define its identity. The raw concrete for the structure, giving the idea of an industrial warehouse. The warmth of wood to define details, a sort of common thread that surely transforms this space in a home.
Vladimir Radutny kept the space stripped back, including structural details such as the concrete ceiling and pillars during the overhaul. The studio then added in a series of built-in units to improve the layout. Among these additions is an elevated wooden platform on the main level, which as a result features in the kitchen, in a portion of the living room and in the bedroom.
The upper-level functions as a sleeping loft for visitors, as well as the couple’s workspace. From here is another set of stairs to access an outdoor garden and views of the Chicago skyline. Finally the apartment is complete with a bathroom on this floor, alongside two on the main level.
The detail that makes the difference: different materials for different functions
“The continuous wood platform organises the vastness of the open room, providing an edge for more intimate furniture arrangement and a backdrop for plants and life objects collected throughout our client’s lives.” – the studio said.
The materials define the functions in this project. Michigan Loft is therefore a clear example of essential and functional architecture. An architecture that you can immediately understand, without leaving any doubts about the functions for which it was designed. A house in which the change of material means a change in the use of space. As a result there are different areas, but also different tones of emotion.
There are different areas: cold areas and warm areas. It’s only the material that reveals their nature. The places of conviviality gives space to the use of wood, capable surely of infusing warmth. Work, service or transit areas are defined by concrete or steel, materials that can certainly remain neutral and cold.
Our inspired advice: play with materials to create functions!
Our advice is just to take back the logic of Michigan Loft. Design the house using materials. These will surely be the ones to play a leading role and to define the spaces of living in our residence.
The materials with their tones, their colors and their psychological implications. All you have to do is choose, together with your designer, the materials you want to use. It will then be enough to approach them wisely to obtain an amazing result. Just like in Michigan Loft.
What do you think of this residence, located in the heart of Chicago? Do you like the Industrial style? Let us know.
See you at the next appointment!