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Located in Chicago’s vibrant Lakeview neighborhood, the four year project recently completed by Harrington College of Design’s own faculty member Constantine Vasilios is truly an Architecture and Interior Design innovation in experience, quality of detail and refinement. Drawing from his extensive thirty plus years of industry experience, Constantine and his team from CVADesign created a house that breathed life into the clients’ dreams and excitement in the stage set of everyday life that a house provides. Constantine takes us on an exclusive tour of the exterior and interior of the house below!

Exterior:  The entry sequence provides materials of wrought iron, copper, and exterior lighting to showcase the house in the evening.

Living Area:  The first level fireplace and surroundings are a testimony of precise design requirements executed in fine craftsmanship.  The interior celebrates a flow of space with various leaks to light.

Water Wall:  Upon entering the house, the verticality is expressed in a glass window, flanked by the lazy rolling water falling from the top of the house to the lower level.

First Level:  The interior is planned about an axis that penetrates the house.  Cross axes provide focus to fireplaces, stairways, and the kitchen.  Through arches interpreted with thousands of spheres pinned to trim the sides.  On top of the columns are blown glass capitals.

Portion of the Kitchen:  The kitchen is compact, efficient, and celebrates client requested warmth.

Guest Suite:  This second level fireplace is surrounded by art and cabinetry, housing the owner’s glass.  The double door French balcony opens to the quiet murmur of water.

Master Bathroom:  The Master Bathroom concept is furniture placed among reclaimed alabaster for a tranquil environment.  The skylight is positioned on top of the Jacuzzi for gazing at the sky and passing of clouds.

Master Bedroom

About Constantine D. Vasilios, AIA, NCARB, IIDA, NCIDQ:

Constantine D. Vasilios received his Bachelor of Architecture in Design degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he studied with Peter Pran and Richard Whitaker. He attended a year abroad in the overseas program at Versailles, France combining studio with travel to several countries. He received his Master of Architecture degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied, traveled, and completed his thesis with the late Charles W. Moore. He also participated in the overseas program at Oxford, England. Prior to leaving Austin, he served as a teaching assistant for Charles Moore and lectured to graduate students in History of Architecture and Art.

He has worked in the Chicago offices of Tigerman McCurry, Pappageorge Haymes, and assisted in the office of Charles Moore and Associates. He is a principal in the firm Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates Ltd, and has over thirty years of experience in the fields of Architecture and Interior Design. His resume includes buildings such as museums, recreational, residential and not-for-profit. He has participated in several exhibitions, has been published, and has received awards over the years. He has been a guest lecturer and/or visiting studio critic at several schools of Architecture and Interior Design. He served as Studio Master, and has been a faculty member at the Harrington College of Design since 1996. He is the recipient of the 2008 AIA Illinois Nathan Clifford award for teaching excellence and practice.

Photography by Peter Bosy

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We were excited to discover a project by Constantine D. Vasilios, AIA, NCARB, IIDA, NCIDQ, an instructor at the Harrington College of Design: his recently completed house in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood has already caught attention and is soon to be published in several magazines! The design team that worked on the project included Allyson Ann Wilkovich Holbrook, ASID, LEED AP, an adjunct Instructor at Harrington, and Elizabeth Pasquinelli, LEED AP, Assoc.AIA, a Harrington graduate.

Taking over four years to complete, the architecture and interior design of the house is representative of Constantine’s thirty plus years of industry experience and twenty years of leading his own practice.Constantineshared, “I owe my persistence to designing houses to the late Charles W. Moore at the University of Texas at Austin, Stanley Tigerman at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Pappageorge Haymes in Chicago. While working for these offices, the principals’ contagious delight, energy, and professional focus influenced my work at the office as well as in the classroom. Other influences for the design include my travels across continents, investigating buildings and their felt experiences. I weave my experiences in projects tailored to people and their dreams.”

After having interviews with four other firms in Chicago, the project began when the clients chose the CVA Design team. Constantine and Allyson met with the clients in Los Angeles to document their lifestyle in order to design their new house in Chicago. The clients had a background in graphic design via the movie industry and were excited to incorporate theoretical, as well as practical, design components into their new residence.

Located near Wrigley Field, in Chicago’s trendy Lakeview neighborhood, the house is a 6,000 square foot oasis from the fast pace of Chicago and for baseball fans on their way to the ball park. The house is designed within vertical and horizontal axes that celebrate space ad emphasize light, texture, sound, and color. Each detail is solved and incorporated in a symphony of experiences memorable for the clients.

The header image is just a taste of what’s to come: it’s actually the recreational lower level of the house! Keep reading tomorrow for a full tour of the house!

Photography by Peter Bosy

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Watch what happens when biology meets architecture in a TED talk: in the future, you may be able to grow your own house…

It’s makes me wonder just how to handle the interior design of such a house… cow hide rug on your broccoli floors? Wooden table in your meaty dining room? 🙂

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Tomorrow, see Harrington College of Design’s own John Martin-Rutherford, Interior Design Department Chair, present an Interior Design session at Chicago’s Career Day 2010 for Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Management and Landscape Architecture!

Visit tomorrow:

Chicago Architecture + Design College Day
Saturday, October 16, 2010
11:00 am to 3:00pm
Hermann Hall Conference Center
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)   

The Chicago Architecture + Design College Day is a free event open to high school and college students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in learning more about careers in architecture, interior design, construction management, and landscape architecture. From 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, the College Fair will host over 30 colleges and universities with degree programs in architecture, interior design, construction management, and/or landscape architecture. Representatives will be available to provide information, provide materials, and answer questions on their respective degree programs.

To obtain a complete list of colleges attending or for further details on the Chicago Career Day 2010 or to register for the event, check out the following website: www.chicagocareerday.org.

How else was Harrington College of Design involved with the event? Our Communication Design students, including Katelyn Smith and creative go-round  designed the event’s evite, program and signage!

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While everyone has their unique sources of inspiration based on their passions, history or experiences, it’s always important to expose yourself to new avenues of influence and thought… this great article I came across on the web by SmashingMagazine.com offers some great places to start. Just a few included:
  • Fashion: for scale, color schemes, lines and textures
  • Packaging Design: for formatting, adaptations and “outside the box” thinking
  • Board Games: for graphic elements and layouts
  • Food: complementing tastes, presentation and melding unique ingredients into a “whole”

Check out the entire list complete with some suggestions by clicking here.
 
If you have any unconventional sources of inspiration, I’d love to hear about it! Contact me at info@harringtoncollege.com.
 
Photo courtesy cheekycrows3

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