Less is truly more when it comes to this minimalist one-bedroom unit inside Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s famous Gold Coast tower at 880 N. Lake Shore Drive.
Though a fraction of the size of the “Stainless Steel Apartment” upstairs, the ninth-floor condo makes clever use of its 785 square feet of available space thanks to an extensive renovation inspired by the clean lines of iconic 1951 building’s exterior.
The AIA award-winning rehab from Chicago-based Vladimir Radutny Architects successfully blurs the boundary between the inside and outside by orienting the living room, bedroom, and bathroom to optimize the home’s eastward views of Lake Michigan.
The compact “floating volume” of the kitchen adds a sense of visual separation between the the dining area and a lake-facing reading nook. A frosted glass wall dividing the main living room and sleeping quarters provides privacy but not at the expense of openness and light.
“I really enjoy showing the space,” RE/MAX listing agent Terri Buseman tells Curbed Chicago. “From the creative floorplan to the quality of materials and the lighting updates, the unit is a work of art. With the Lake and Navy Pier out the window, it almost feels like you’re on a boat.”
The modernist pied-à-terre is currently priced at $369,000.