Solid Gold

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January 23, 2009

When it comes to material originality, this former tavern in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood pulls out all the stops. Case in point? Colorful pieces of broken LPs are visible in the glass aggregate flooring of the upstairs master bathroom—-which the architects made from the pulverized remains of old vinyl records.

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  The structure boasts a roof garden replete with turbines and solar panels, as well as fifteen geothermal wells sunk underground.  Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP
    The structure boasts a roof garden replete with turbines and solar panels, as well as fifteen geothermal wells sunk underground.

    Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP

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  Games and toys await in the entryway.  Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP
    Games and toys await in the entryway.

    Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP

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  The floor of the master bathroom sparkles with the remains of pulverized LPs.  Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP
    The floor of the master bathroom sparkles with the remains of pulverized LPs.

    Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP

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  Natural light filters in through a series of apertures, including a clerestory window above the kitchen area. Just below, a Ligne Roset chair rests on the terrazzo floor.  Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP
    Natural light filters in through a series of apertures, including a clerestory window above the kitchen area. Just below, a Ligne Roset chair rests on the terrazzo floor.

    Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP

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  The stairs are made of reclaimed timber.  Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP
    The stairs are made of reclaimed timber.

    Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP

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  A rainwater catching system irrigates the rooftop garden, which also has a dining area and grill.  Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP
    A rainwater catching system irrigates the rooftop garden, which also has a dining area and grill.

    Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP

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  The former warehouse's roof is decked out with thirty solar panels.  Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP
    The former warehouse's roof is decked out with thirty solar panels.

    Photo by: Doug Fogelson/DRFP

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