Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gallery: Mies van der Whoa

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Combining two original units at one of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's landmark modern towers on Lake Shore Drive "gave us the luxury of space," Kevin Freeman said. That shows up in the kitchen, seen here, as well as other spaces. The kitchen is big, "which isn't Miesian," he noted. "He built tiny kitchens." But the design picks up on the simple rectilinear lines of the original. The couple is listing the three-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot condo today at the newly reduced price of just below $1.8 million, represented by Marikay Belsanti of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group.

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The living and dining rooms share a north wall of windows, framing a view of the twin building next door. The living room's corner position also gives it east-facing windows.

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"I call it the 'infinity living room,'" Freeman said of the way the walls of windows frame Lake Michigan as if it's right outside, not across Lake Shore Drive. "It feels like the lake is at our windows."

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Mies van der Rohe positioned the buildings at 860 and 880 to capitalize on the endless view without interfering with one another. The Freemans' home is in 860, which pokes farther east than its sibling, affording their unit on the northeast corner a long view north up the lakefront, as well as east.

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This view of the L-shaped main space shows how the three main rooms—living, dining and kitchen—open to one another. The flooring, 18-inch travertine squares, is a version of what Mies originally used.

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Ebony cabinetry and a pair of chandeliers are contemporary touches with the spirit of the building's roots in the mid-20th century. The natural light that pours in through the walls of windows "is a wonderful way to illuminate your home," Freeman said.

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A pair of curved fixtures in a tiled powder room make a rare departure from the home's strongly rectilinear design.

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While the media room "is a great place for us to all watch some classic kids shows," Freeman said, one thing condo life is lacking is a basement where children can be rambunctious, particularly in winter.

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In the master and the other two bedrooms, travertine flooring gives way to wood for a softer touch. The wood is laid in 18-inch squares, like the marble in other rooms.

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The long master bedroom includes this sitting area.

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"We indulged in a very large (600-square-foot) master bath, because we had enough room," Freeman said. "Mies wouldn't be pleased with us. Our shower and toilet alone are the size of (an original) bathroom."

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There are two more bedrooms in the condo; one is being used as a study.

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The condo has views of the lakefront and Navy Pier and of the traffic below on Lake Shore Drive that makes it all the better that beaches, the pier, restaurants and shopping are all within walking distance.

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