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Lake Shore Drive Residence

Wheeler Kearns Architects

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Site Size: 9,233 square feet

Project Size: 4,600 square feet (excluding basement)

Program: A wooded corner lot in an urban residential neighborhood offers views of the neighboring park and Lake Michigan. The house occupies just a third of the lot, since the client preferred to leave the property largely intact.

Solution: The house consists of a split-faced limestone base and a double-height glass volume containing the foyer, living room, and dining room. Above that, a wedge-shaped mass, clad in a smooth limestone, accommodates two levels of bedrooms. The house, which is oriented east-west, contains numerous sustainable design elements, including a rain screen, brise-soleil on west-facing windows, and solar panels on the partially sloped roof. It was completed in August 2011.

Wheeler Kearns Architects 
343 South Dearborn, Suite 200 
Chicago, IL  60604 

December 2012
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