On a corner double lot, the Owners wanted privacy and security. They also wanted their home to feel open and filled with light. The design meets these seemingly opposing goals, by wrapping the edges of the site along the two streets and opening in the middle with a large courtyard garden.
On the street edges, the building meets the ground with a heavy and protective masonry wall. The exterior volume gets lighter as it moves up away from the street. The second floor is detailed as a lighter, overhanging, metal-skinned volume.
The first floor living spaces are fully glazed facing south to collect light and connect to the home’s green space. A covered outdoor dining and cooking room sits on a raised plinth, and leads up and around a planted hill, to a comfortable outdoor living space on top of the home’s garage.
Location Bucktown, Chicago
Landscape Architect Mckay Landscape Architects
Interior Design Mia Rao Design
GC Fricano Construction Co
MEP Engineering BES Engineering
Structural Engineering Johnson, Wilbur, Adams
Photography Darris Harris
Size 4,700 s.f.
New Construction, single-family home