This home extension is all about the outdoors, from bringing natural light and ventilation to the interior to pushing its occupants out into a big backyard or up onto a stunning rooftop deck.
From their time in England, the owners wanted the familiar feel of an open conservatory in their Chicago home addition – and got their wish in spades from dSpace Studio.
In front, the original 1880s Italianate facade can be found intact, sharply solid against thin steel and light planes of glass behind.
Meanwhile, the operable six-meter, garage-like door makes an open-feeling space actually open up out into the yard on demand as well.
Sustainable design elements include recycled materials, energy efficient LED lighting, rainwater collection system, drought-tolerant plantings, high-efficiency mechanicals, solar hot water system, radiant floor heating, and infrastructure for future geothermal installation.