Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

Project: Sky Vault Penthouse
Architects: dSPACE Studio
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Area: 4,500 sf
Year: 2017
Photos Credits: Tony Soluri
Text by dSPACE Studio

Sky Vault Penthouse overlooks Lincoln Park. The owner obtained 4,500 sf of raw space atop a luxury high-rise and wanted an open-plan contemporary residence that maximizes expansive city and lake views.

Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

The French-inspired building has a mansard roof with arched windows and vaulted ceilings. Influenced by these unalterable elements, the interior architecture expresses the vault detail in ceilings and doorways throughout. Arches offer dramatic space for the owner’s art collection and temper the impact of 14-foot ceilings.

Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

We combined contemporary details with traditional materials. A minimalist reveal is used in place of baseboards. Oversized oak flooring provides a modern reinterpretation of herringbone and compliments the large scale space. Custom steel shelving traces the vault detail. Linear in-floor lighting washes walls, ceilings, and windows.

Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

An edited material palette ensures design continuity: European white oak floors, cabinets, and paneling; plaster ceilings and walls; porcelain marble slabs in bathrooms and kitchen. The veneer of the millwork was carefully sourced to match the flooring. Ruth Johnson Interiors curated the artful furnishings.

Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

Structural challenges influenced the design. Living spaces were located at the perimeter to maximize views, but utility stacks did not align. To overcome this challenge, we raised the master suite one step to increase design flexibility and provide clearance to connect the new bathroom to existing plumbing.

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Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

kitchen, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

bathroom, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

Sky Vault Penthouse, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

bedroom, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

bathroom, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

bathroom, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

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