This expansive Chicago home envisioned by Dresner Design and boasting an area of 5000 square feet (464 square meters) is in fact a luxurious merger of two penthouses. Developed for a couple of European musicians, the Chicago Hi-Rise project is nestled amongst skyscrapers and offers views of Lake Michigan. One of the main brief requests was to have a practical residence, with plenty of storage. Accepting the challenge, the architects came up with a variety of integrated storage solutions and the idea to “maximize space using a double-sided island, open shelving, drawers, flip up cabinetry and a sliding door for the pantry”.

The predominant color palette in black, white and gray keeps things simple and elegant. A major focus was directed towards designing the bathroom, meant to be a contemporary indoor oasis: “To maximize views, the architect designed the layout so the shower faces the glass curtain wall. A European frameless shower was used with a solid surface curb the same color as the floor tile for a perfectly tailored and modern aesthetic.” The transparent cabin allows for unobstructed views, yet ensures privacy due to the usage of frosted glass. What do you believe are the highlights of this Chicago residence? Do you personally observe any drawbacks? [Photography courtesy of Dresden Design]