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Fremont Street Apartment
Chicago’s typical long narrow building sites dictate the
layouts of urban row houses, with living spaces typically occupying
two-thirds of the width of a dwelling, and bedrooms occupying the remaining
third. This layout results in narrow bedrooms and static rectangular room
For this renovation of an 1890's-vinatge row house, David Zeunert &
Associates relocated a bearing wall to open up and enliven a cramped space.
By supplementing the bearing wall with an undulating curve wall, the
resulting additional space for circulation permitted the bedrooms to have
comfortable sizes. The curved undulating wall also visually separated the
living area from the kitchen view without the need for doors.
A mechanical upgrade to forced-air HVAC with duct work is usually
accomplished with a drop soffit along one wall. To avoid the use of soffits,
the ceiling was lowered throughout the dwelling to accommodate ductwork,
with certain areas of the ceiling raised the original height to enhance the
spaciousness of each room. Additionally, these geometric reliefs were
enhanced with indirect lighting.
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