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University of Chicago laboratory cabinets were reclaimed and refurbished to serve as kitchen cabinetry in the Smart Home.
The dining room features a former maintenance table from a southside steel plant, as well as an old globe lighting design by Ted Harris.
The Cybertecture Mirror in the master bath delivers the day's time, temperature, news and traffic, keeps track of your weight and connects to friends on Facebook.
Chairs in the living room have been recovered in environmentally friendly faux leather. A 120-drawer console, once used by the Field Museum, accents the far wall.
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners help plant and maintain the Smart Home's eco-friendly landscape.
We may have found the most futuristic piece of real estate in Chicago. Filled to the brim with repurposed furniture, museum artifacts and gadgets galore, the Museum of Science and Industry's 2012 Smart Home (admission is $8 plus the $15 general admission) is an ode to the way we'll all live when we really go green.
Designed by the architect Michelle Kaufmann and built on museum grounds (complete with its own "Smart Park" yard) in 2008, the modular home gets a makeover every year.
The most recent update is a collaboration between the Chicago interiors store Scout and the tech blog Gizmodo: Light fixtures made from old globes and a dining table that was once a steel plant workstation are juxtaposed with an energy monitor that manages consumption in every room and shades that automatically lower when the sun heats things up. In the kitchen, an immersion circulator demonstrates the sous-vide cooking technique so beloved by top chefs and, outside, an impressive vertical garden completes the picture.
This house makes so much sense that we're thinking about moving in.
Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive; 773.684.1414 or msichicago.org
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