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Live like an architect at this Mies-inspired glass and steel home in Illinois

Local architect Richard Marker designed this glasshouse, which has wraparound views of the woods from all four bedrooms.

It’s situated on a tree-covered spot in Downers Grove, which is around half an hour’s drive from Chicago. Marker created the property – listed with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – as his own home, installing glass walls that bring the outdoors into every room.

Live like an architect at this Mies-inspired glass and steel home
Photography: Mark Gutierrez of VHT

For anyone who wants to further immerse themselves in the views, there’s also a solarium and adjacent hot tub.

The Illinois property’s interiors offset the home’s glass and steel construction, with white oak flooring and wooden ceilings introducing warmth throughout. As well as the open-plan living space, there’s a steel spiral staircase that leads down to a basement – currently in use as an extra entertainment room and bar.

Live like an architect at this Mies-inspired glass and steel home
Photography: Mark Gutierrez of VHT
Live like an architect at this Mies-inspired glass and steel home
Photography: Mark Gutierrez of VHT

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