House Tour: Zoka's East Village "Open" House

House Tour: Zoka's East Village "Open" House

Janel Laban
Feb 21, 2008

Today we are revisiting one of our favorite house tours, which we photographed in the summer of 2006. Zoka's home is featured in the new issue of Domino (page 91) which got us thinking that we should share our tour with you again...Enjoy!

Name: Zoka
Location: East Village
Size: 3000 sq. ft.

I met architect Zoka Zola when I toured her home as part of a Great Chicago Spaces and Places event last month. Zoka led the tour of the house to a group of about 50 enthusiastic visitors. I wanted to share the experience with Apartment Therapy so I approached her afterwards with a request to photograph her home. She kindly agreed...

Zoka designed and built her home, the Pfanner house, from 2000-2002. She explored the concept of "opening" in its design, and compares the space to the breathing channels in healthy lungs. It won the Home of the Year 2003 Award (of North America) by Architecture magazine. She has lived there with her family for four years and her studio is housed on the ground floor.

This is a busy, lived in space. The family and Zoka's colleagues use the home fully. The studio, kitchen and dining area are bustling spots. The energy of hard work and business as usual downstairs in combination children's toys (and a pet fish) upstairs adds to the bright, positive feel throughout the home. An admirable collection of classic modern design furnishes the rooms and shows that these pieces are meant to be used, loved and enjoyed. It was nice to see high design get a "workout" in a family home.

Zoka is part of many interesting projects, including the zero energy Glass and Bedolla house which is scheduled for construction this year. In February 2006, she presented a Plan for 21st Century Chicago. It is a plan for sustainability and affordability based on Chicago's standard lots and proposed changes to current zoning.

Thanks Zoka!


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Re-edited from a post originally published 06.22.06

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