The dramatic 25-feet-high open living area on the lower level contains the living space dining room and kitchen with each area flowing into the next. Instead of completely shunning its past the converted church actually embraces its rich heritage with fabulous stained glass windows bringing pops of yellow red and green into each room.
The lower level of the home contains the public spaces including a modern kitchen and an elegant dining space while the top floor houses the bedrooms and bathrooms. Minimal but pleasing contemporary but with a hint of midcentury elegance and filled with an air of refinement this is a Chicago townhouse that breaks some of the misconceptions homeowners have when it comes to using calming neutral shades.
Connecting the interior with the series of gardens slide away windows and large glass doors create a light-filled inviting ambiance where the panoramic view outside takes center stage.
The kitchen which underwent a complete makeover now features white cabinets with shaker-style doors open floating wooden shelves and a ceramic tiled backsplash. An inviting dining space in white sits right next to the kitchen even as large windows bring in ample natural light to create a bright breezy ambiance.
Building a modern home inside a protected eco-zone is a task that requires both sensitivity towards the natural bio-network that already exists and ingenious architectural solutions that will create a structure that will seem like a natural extension of the landscape.
The color scheme of the interior is dominated by gray and white hues that fashion a serene and cheerful backdrop in every room of the house. Splashes of bright color were added to this muted background using décor accessories and vivacious artwork without ever disturbing the polished contemporary style.
Sustainability is the key factor that drives every little aspect of the The Cave with 90 percent of all materials used in the construction of the house being derived from ranches and sandbanks around it. Old metal sheets and hardwood were sourced from an abandoned railway track nearby while earth and stone from the site were cleverly used to create a perfectly insulated yet airy living space.