Move Over Bungalows, Chicago Style is Now Glassy, Boxy, and Modern

We don’t do a lot with single-family homes here at the Chicago Architecture Blog, and that’s something of a shame because there’s lots of great work being done in that space in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Earlier today, Robert Berg of Foster Design Build sent over a press release touting his latest project in Lake View East, which is indicative of what we’ve seen lately.  Perhaps these cubist glass constructions will be the next beloved Chicago bungalow.

The Foster Design Build press release follows this drawing of the house.

2904 North Burling

2904 North Burling Street is rising right now. A head-turning modern marvel from Foster Design Build, this single-family home takes a stand on an impressive double lot, 50×140 square feet, on a great street.  While it is poised to make a statement, most importantly it is designed with all the needs and comforts of the family in mind. Understandably, that family can’t wait to move in.

There’s a complexity to the construction of this 10,000 square-foot home. As Bob Berg, owner and President of Foster Design Build, explains, “This project is phenomenal. It’s multi-layered. We peel back the layers to get to every detail.”

Luxurious features are throughout…and that really is an understatement. Upon entering the home, a grand foyer with marble fireplace makes a stunning first impression.  A gigantic kitchen delights, with all the bells and whistles. There’s a state-of-the-art home theater. A rooftop deck with a city skyline view, accessed by an elevator. A full basement. Even an attached four-car garage. This home brings a new dimension to city living.

The clients love modern architecture and wanted a facade with multiple points of interest.  On the interior, they did not want a design that was a traditional collection of boxes.  In addition, the owners wanted a place of balance, harmony, and warmth.

As a team, Michael Hershenson Architects, Foster Design Build, and the owners decided to restrict our modern composition to rectilinear shapes, with no discordant angles or curves.  However, they embraced asymmetry and integrated several projecting and cantilevered components reminiscent of the game Jenga.  The talented interior designers at Foster Design Build picked up this theme on the interior, using cabinetry as additional Jenga pieces in the asymmetrical modernist design.

For warmth, Modernist materials of metal and glass are enhanced by the integration of natural materials of limestone and wood.

The design process for this project has been a group effort with the clients, interior designer, and general contractor, analogous to improvisation in a jazz setting.  They studied each other’s ideas, transformed them and strengthened them.  All of their ideas converge to form the final composition.

Building homes that make statements, homes that ooze personality, and homes that provide green spaces and sustainable energy-efficiency is in Foster Design Build’s DNA. They thrive on it. And they make sure that the home you want is every bit the home you get. Down to every last detail. Their satisfaction comes from knowing that you are completely satisfied with your new home. That’s the pride that Foster Design Build takes in the work that they do.  They build their clients homes as if they were building their own home and these homes last a lifetime, as do the friendships they build with their clients. This personal attention makes Foster Design Build a truly different kind of builder.

While adding to their reputation as leading the way in new, modern construction, Foster Design Build is equally at home with historic restoration.  Their historic restoration work inChicago has earned them national attention. Foster Design Build is a one-stop resource for architecture, construction and interior design.  Teamwork and collaboration characterize their company.  Whether you want to remodel, renovate or totally re-imagine, Foster Design Build guides each step to achieve stellar results.

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