Escape Pod

Escape Pod

Architect
dSPACE Studio
Location
Chicago, IL, USA
Project Year
2012
Category
Private Houses
Evan Thomas
Product Spec Sheet
RoleBrands
Facade Cladding - Fiber-CRieder Sales GmbH
Chimney – 12“ Diameter Double WallDuravent
Wood Burning Stove – Black Matt Steel FinishFireOrb
Metal bar Grating - Plain Steel, Clear Lacquer Finish, Painted FinishMcNICHOLS CO.
Aircraft Hanger Door – Glass and AluminumSchweiss Bi-Fold Doors
Chimney – 12“ Diameter Double WallSimpson Door Company
Product Spec Sheet
Facade Cladding - Fiber-C
Chimney – 12“ Diameter Double Wall
Wood Burning Stove – Black Matt Steel Finish
by FireOrb
Metal bar Grating - Plain Steel, Clear Lacquer Finish, Painted Finish
Aircraft Hanger Door – Glass and Aluminum
Chimney – 12“ Diameter Double Wall

Escape Pod

dSPACE Studio as Architects

The owners of this 1880s Italianate two-flat wanted to convert the property to a single-family home. The design intent was to preserve the facade in accordance with landmark regulations, renovate the interior, and add contemporary steel and glass space at the back to offer an escape from daily life. The addition is a two-story space evoking the typology of an orangery—a glass-enclosed conservatory common in England where the owners have lived. The structure was unified by a three-story atrium with a steel and wood staircase connecting all floors. With large skylights, the atrium functions as a light well for lower floors. Steel catwalks bridge the front and rear of the home at the second and third levels.


A unique element is an operable 17ft glass hangar door at the rear of the addition that can be opened to unify interior with exterior. A fire orb suspended in the double-height space rotates to the patio. On the roof, a landscaped terrace clad in ipe wood has city views and a private spa. Sustainable elements include recycled materials, LED lighting, rainwater collection system, drought-tolerant plantings, high-efficiency mechanicals, solar hot water system, radiant floor heating, and infrastructure for future geothermal installation.

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