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It's hard to believe that just eighteen months ago this Lake Shore Drive apartment was a late-'80s postmodern shrine to urbanism.
The present owner called in the designer/architect Mario Arando after seeing his work in Ikram, a store in Chicago. The store's decor is created of luxury materials such as mahogany, burnished bronze, and amber glass to complement the clothing it sellshigh-end European fashionsand allow the merchandise to stand out. She wanted the apartment to recapture its original spirit.
The apartment was completely gutted; everything that was not of the original 1950s plan was removed. New internal walls were installed and new finishes were applied.
This nineteenth-floor apartment had been a three-bed/two-bath. With the removal of one wall, the living space now spreads across six window bays, giving, approximately, a thirty-foot spread of floor-to-ceiling glass.
When you first walk into this space, if you didn't already know you were in Chicago, it would be hard to guess where you were. The incredible view of the very blue Lake Michigan gives the appearance of living in a beach house in Malibu or somewhere like Sarasota. But then you look down and you realize you are on a busy highway. This brings you back to reality. A corner apartment, it has views from the peaceful endless blue to the upfront architecture just out of the window.