Growing tired of the 1940s bungalow he and his family had occupied for two decades, architect Brad Lynch demolished the structure and built a brick-clad modern home that stands out from its more traditional neighbors. By setting the home back from the property's edge, and installing large glass windows, Lynch ensured that the space would be flooded with light during the day.
With the help of local firm Beaux Bo Properties, Lisa and Joel Santos were able to convert a 100-year-old switching station into a spacious modern home. A stainless-steel island and new appliances are countered by century-old subway tiles and copper windows that hint at the structure's industrial past.
For full-time foodies Chelsea and Arthur Jackson, the kitchen is the focal point of their recently renovated condo in the city's Pilsen neighborhood. The stainless steel island, with its precise profile and gas stovetop, is designed by Bulthaup, as is the rest of the kitchen.
Challenged by a narrow interior, architect Julie Fisher gut-renovated a historic town house, installing a winding walnut staircase that creates sculptural moments on each level of the house.
Originating from a renovated former horse stable, the Brick Weave House—named for its exterior perforated brick screen—features an open interior and staircase that connects a lofted bedroom to the living room.
Known locally as "the train," because of its sleek design, Helmut Jahn's supportive-housing facility provides living space for 96 residents who have struggled with issues such as physical and mental illness, substance abuse, and lack of education. “By designing an uplifting space, not just a shelter, you break the idea that comfort is connected to wealth," notes Jahn.