dSPACE Studio Architects

dSPACE Studio Architects

Chicago, IL



The owners of this residence wanted a rooftop deck and garden. The design concept was to create a calming space with textured landscaping. Program requirements included a kitchen, lounge, sundeck, and open space for entertaining.


The long, narrow footprint of the building defined the layout. Dining and kitchen areas are sited to take advantage of an adjacent tree canopy that provides dappled sunlight and protection from prevailing winds. The sundeck is sunken to provide privacy. The lounge is located on a platform, enabling views of the cityscape, and is bordered by cascading planters that create intimate moments as counterpoints to the open space. A sculptural pergola conceals lighting and speakers.


A unique detail is the use of Plexiglas risers on the steps to the lounge. During the day, the Plexiglas risers create the aesthetic of a floating lounge. At night, lighting concealed behind the risers creates a linear lightbox, a detail that is both artistic and functional.


Landscaping provides a visual connection across the 100ft rooftop. Drought tolerant plants were selected for beauty, texture, and their ability to survive in the microclimate of an urban roof deck. The plants absorb rainwater and require minimal maintenance.

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Status: Built
Location: Chicago, IL, US