This unbuilt private residence is conceived as an "escape pod" for a couple whose primary home is in Chicago. The main design strategy is the creation of a wide, open “great room” with a long continuous view of Lake Michigan. The home is equally divided between public and private spaces, with no hallways or unnecessary barriers between the two halves. Simple pocket doors act as privacy thresholds between the great room and the bedrooms, and each bedroom has a full bathroom. With an eye toward economical means of construction, the simplicity of the plan is based on whole-building prefabrication standards. The most “luxurious” aspect of the plan is the minimally framed large panel sliding glass wall in the great room, which opens completely, and stores out of sight. The full floor to ceiling sliding glass panels with recessed top and bottom tracks create a picture frame effect of Lake Michigan.