Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

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  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

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  Single-Family   Location:  Chicago, IL  Photos:  Marty Peters   2008 Residential Architect Design Award   Program  This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.  The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.  The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.  Solution  The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.  Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence.   This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.  The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.

Single-Family
Location: Chicago, IL
Photos: Marty Peters

2008 Residential Architect Design Award

Program

This custom residence was created out of the basic elements in architecture-light, shadow, massing, color, transition and how we experience these things.

The house was to be a collection of light-play in a tight urban setting. A residential Box Set.

The residence is located on a tight urban lot in Chicago's older Bucktown neighborhood. It is for a young urban couple with three young children and a Mother-in-Law.  The residence faces north.  The size of the house was to be approximately 6500 square feet in area and comprise of 4 levels.  The garden level required an office for the owners, a guest suite, den for the kids, an exercise room and spa bath.  The first floor required a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.  The second floor was for the master bedroom suite, two kid’s rooms and an open reading loft.  The third floor required an entertaining room which includes a kitchen and a full roof deck with views of the city skyline.  The owners also requested a series of exterior spaces located on different levels; courtyard, garage roof deck and house roof deck.

Solution

The design solution started with two cubes, one opaque and one transparent.  Both cubes are paired together to create an “L” shape and define an inner courtyard.  All rooms face the inner courtyard.

Like a Box Set, the transparent cube collects the majority of the light for the residence and allows for views through the residence from the street and other areas of the home.  The opaque cube accommodates the more private functions of the residence. 

This residence is designed using very simple strategies.  The exterior is clad in only two materials; white ground face masonry and cedar.  The white masonry creates open and light filled interiors while the cedar is used as natural, softening accent.  Both materials extend to the interiors to create subtle contrasting surfaces and blur the boundary between the exterior and the interior.

The second floor ceiling of the transparent cube is clad in cedar that extends through the house, projecting out each side, providing sun protection.