Situated within a two-story mansard penthouse with stunning 270-degree views, this Lakeview duplex apartment establishes a series of material layers that unfold around a J-shaped plan and create spaces between them.
Hall + Merrick Photographers
Steve Hall and Nick Merrick, former principals and senior photographers from the renowned studio Hedrich Blessing, founded Hall + Merrick Photographers upon Hedrich Blessing's closing in early 2017.
Hall + Merrick work from their long established tradition: masterfully presenting clients' vision and design through interpretative, intelligent and graphically composed photographs. Their collaborative work process allows Hall + Merrick to provide architects and designers with unique project portfolios essential for awards, publication, and marketing.
A new single family residence sits along the shoreline of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Shore. The house is conceived of in three levels. The base is a solid mass that forms a plinth and grounds the house on the site.
On the edge of Lake Michigan, this property contains both dense woods and a bluff to the sandy shore. Our challenge was to create a new, energy-efficient, low-maintenance vacation home that could comfortably accommodate multiple generations.
Set atop a deep ravine along Lake Michigan, the Ravine house embraces the beauty and drama of the landscape. An intermittent pattern of carefully composed windows within a limestone-paneled wall creates both a sense of privacy against the street and sculptural patterning for the façade.
The Lake View Residence takes full advantage of its location on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan with large expanses of glass maximizing lake views. Privacy is maintained on the street side with a winding drive and opaque/translucent materials.
The building materials played a large role in creating an industrial feel for the house, consisting of wood and steel trusses, concrete, and galvanized steel. The metal reinforces the idea that this is the type of building one would have historically found on this site.