Heather Munoz and Mark La Pedes
Christy Webber Landscapes; Fence Doctors, Inc.
When the owners purchased their new condominium in Chicago's River North Neighborhood, they wanted their 1,400 square foot terrace overlooking Chicago's skyline to function as a multidimensional,outdoor living space.
The landscape architect divided the terrace into a series of inter-connected rooms that relate to the adjoining interior rooms. The main exterior living space, which flows out of the interior living room and has the best views of Chicago's skyscrapers, is a formal tiled terrace that provides space for an outdoor living and dining room. On the north side of the terrace, a sun garden area features an informal sitting area on a crushed stone surface. The sunning area is separated from the formal entertaining area with a low water planter. A wood burning fire pit is set in the middle of the space. A structure is held back from the building to allow light in to the condo, but close enough to provide a sense of enclosure and wind protection. Divided into three rooms, the structure is made from steel treated to patina and is inspired by the rusted fire escapes and water towers on the buildings to the north. A cedar storage shed is planted with climbing hydrangea to provide a green backdrop to the private sitting area.