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Interior & exterior blurred – Glencoe Residence, US


Illinois-based architectural practice, Robbins Architecture, has designed the Glencoe Residence project. This contemporary property  was designed to blend the inside with the outside and can be found in Illinois, US. 

According to the architects: “Unlike many homes, we developed this property without defined rooms. Minimal use of walls allowed us to imply spaces and blur the lines between inside and outside.

“Upon entering, the house unfolds back to the exterior. Open stair risers align with a reflecting pool providing a glimpse of the yard. The living room celebrates the dramatic ravine view using a 35 foot glass wall so that the trees appear to enter the space.

“Opposite a floating wall is the kitchen-family room that extends out to a sunken terrace, where the homes edges and materials create an outdoor room.

“To further anchor the home to the landscape, we chose to bring the wood language found on the interior cabinetry to the exterior walls. It would have been less challenging to bring the exterior detailing inside, but there was elegance to the smooth wood panels on the exterior that motivated us to work through the detailing. We used principles of yacht building to create the panels that became the language of the home and interior design.

“This unconventional floor plan allowed us to provide natural comfort by day lighting and cross ventilation.”

Images courtesy of Hedrich Blessing Photographers


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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June 2, 2013 | Property | View comments

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