Michelle Kaufmann's mkSolaire: Coming to Chicago!

Michelle Kaufmann's mkSolaire: Coming to Chicago!

Janel Laban
Jan 16, 2008

We can't wait. After reading all about the MKLotus, the Kaufmann idea house in San Francisco, we're thrilled that we'll be able to walk through this one in person. This time, Michelle Kaufmann is exhibiting the MKSolaire, currently being constructed on the lawn of MSI...

According to Jetson Green, it's due to open on May 8, 2008. It is 2,500 square feet, and is described on Kaufmann's site as follows: "The mkSolaire has been designed to bring healthy living to the city. This open, spacious, loft-like home has been designed to offer healthy, clean and green city living and is perfect for an urban-infill lot, or anywhere a family might enjoy the luminous, loft-like feeling of this home. Through the use of strategically designed roofs and windows, the mkSolaire addresses the challenges of the standard row house by sculpting light and air into the center of the home."

Michelle is a Mid-westerner and had this to say about the MSI on her blog: "One day while I was in middle school, my entire 8th grade class of 300 kids piled into a caravan of buses and drove from Iowa to Chicago just to visit this museum. My classmates and I spent the entire day going through fascinating exhibits on things like coal mines, railroads, and an actual reproduction of an old-timey "Main Street".

I was also really interested in the building itself. The building was the only in-place surviving building from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. I walked through the Beaux Arts building amazed and inspired (you just didn't get to see buildings like this one in Iowa at that time!). The mixture of the grand architecture and the science was intoxicating. After that visit, I signed up for as many architecture and science classes as I could for the following semester. Based on our work at MKD, you can see that the mixture of these two interests has clearly persisted in me!"

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