Solid Gold

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January 23, 2009
Originally published in Small Wonders

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.
    The structure boasts a roof garden replete with turbines and solar panels, as well as fifteen geothermal wells sunk underground.
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  Games and toys await in the entryway.
    Games and toys await in the entryway.
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  The floor of the master bathroom sparkles with the remains of pulverized LPs.
    The floor of the master bathroom sparkles with the remains of pulverized LPs.
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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.
    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.
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  The stairs are made of reclaimed timber.
    The stairs are made of reclaimed timber.
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  A rainwater catching system irrigates the rooftop garden, which also has a dining area and grill.
    A rainwater catching system irrigates the rooftop garden, which also has a dining area and grill.
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  The former warehouse's roof is decked out with thirty solar panels.
    The former warehouse's roof is decked out with thirty solar panels.
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