Cadillac’s Driven By Design: Chicago July 2014

The first in a four-part series, Driven By Design—an architectural tour—stopped in Chicago. Guests were treated to an exclusive tour of the city’s most interesting buildings and private residences. Next generation 2015 Escalades chauffeured guests in style as they made four stops: The Godfrey Hotel, Ambassador Residence, Doblin House, and WMS Boathouse at Clark Park.

At each stop a renowned expert gave a behind-the-scenes look and background on the design of each project. Joseph Valerio of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates provided an informative keynote presentation.

The Godfrey Hotel: The design of The Godfrey Hotel experiments with a more dynamic approach where the juxtaposition of huge, yet apparently weightless masses rest on a muscular structural skeleton in a truly unexpected way.

Ambassador Residence: Located in a former hotel, this 5,400-square-foot penthouse apartment was designed to balance intimate spaces for a family of five with social spaces for guests. The owner, an interior designer, wanted the architecture of the spaces to complement the display of colorful artwork and furnishings.

Doblin House: This extraordinary residence is inserted into the ruins of an early 20th-century factory of which only the common brick walls remain. Two galvanized metal scissor doors define the street facade.

WMS Boathouse at Clark Park: The Boathouse’s architecture is intended to visually capture the poetic rhythm and motion of rowing. By creating a new, direct public access point along the riverfront, it also reveals the larger movement toward an ecological and recreational revival of the river.

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