With its stunningly sophisticated interiors and seamless combination of two penthouse units into a single gorgeous home, designer Michael Abrams’ recent Lincoln Park project was a slam-dunk for coverage in the spring 2022 issue of Interiors Chicago. When it came time to select the cover for this Green Issue, though, it was clear that only one space would do: the jaw-dropping rooftop designed and built by Chicago Green Design. “The client’s vision was for it to be more like a backyard than a rooftop,” explains CGD lead designer Donald Maldonado of the expansive space, which boasts gorgeous downtown views. “They wanted it to not feel flashy but more warm and inviting.” Maldonado and team’s strategy? “We believe we achieved that look and feel by using exotic woods in the build; we chose to use Brazilian Teak IPE wood in our planters and decking with a combination of porcelain tile to set off the walkways. The pet friendly turf was installed as children were soon to be in the picture as well as a puppy. The turf was to be used as a play area for both dog and children.”


An inviting pergola is just one of the inviting features of this enchanting roofdeck designed and built by Chicago Green Design.

The project boasts myriad standout details—from the cladding of the doghouse to the deck, planters, lighting, electric, gas run, plants, soil, fire features, shade elements, Corradi automated awning system, tile work, turf and substructures, all designed and installed by Chicago Green Design—but when asked what aspect he’s proudest of, Maldonado doesn’t hesitate. “Oddly enough originally there were two penthouses and two roofdecks. My client owned one and soon after purchased the neighboring penthouse. “What I’m proudest of is] seamlessly combining the flow between the original build and new build.”