Atrium House

Atrium House

dSPACE Studio
Chicago, IL, USA | View Map
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Private Houses
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Counter-tops Caesarstone
Plumbing FixturesHansgrohe SE
Bathroom cabinetsAntonio Lupi Design S.p.A.
Door hardwareKarcher Design

Product Spec Sheet
Plumbing Fixtures
Bathroom cabinets
by Duravit
Door hardware

Atrium House

dSPACE Studio as Architects

This Buena Park home, designed in 1978 by Chicago architect Marcel Friedes, had not been updated since construction. The new owners wanted a total renovation with a floor plan to open the space and maximize natural light. The program called for a contemporary kitchen, new master suite, spa-like bathrooms, study, art studio, and multipurpose space for adults and kids.

At the center of the home was an enclosed two-story atrium, a unique element underused in the original design. Our plan reimagines the atrium as family space. We removed walls to integrate it with the rest of the interior and added a glass roof, creating a light well for the home.


The new atrium is bordered by a rock garden and custom blackened steel planters filled with bamboo. It is further defined by a sunken floor, accessed by sculptural concrete steps that gently undulate into banquette seating and custom shelving. The result is a calming space suited for a variety of purposes.

Sustainable design elements include high efficiency mechanicals, durable finishes, an upgraded thermal envelope, and LED lighting.

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