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House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

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House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.

House Etch

House Etch

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

 

Project Description:

House Etch is a private residence for a professional couple with kids located on a corner lot in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago.  Given that one of them is of Venezuelan origin, they had a strong connection to the early mid-century modern aesthetic of Latin American architecture where ornament made way for interest in volumes and planes.

Drawing on the visionary work of that time from architects such as Niemeyer, Villanueva and Le Corbusier, the owners looked to explore those past radical forms and materials with a fresh interpretation.

This formed their vision for their Chicago residence.

In response to their vision and borrowing from the material use of the early Latin American modern architecture, the exterior was comprised of board formed concrete walls.  Stained cedar was then used to balance the concrete.

The concrete which forms the base of the house defines the public spaces, while the stained cedar clad upper mass defines the private spaces along with other accents of the house.

The two materials have a reciprocal relationship; wood boards that form the surface for the concrete below, leave an etched tracing of the wood that formed them, while the exposed cedar displays the true material itself.  Both etched on the surface.

The main entry sequence of the residence offers the visitor a dramatic view of the cantilevered cedar mass that defines a private, protected exterior terrace off the main level, but hidden from the street or entry door.  Once inside the house, the first floor erupts into a light-filled seemingly transparent volume.  Windows wrap the house allowing open and controlled views to the exterior tree lined streets.  This main level mostly comprises of white drywall surfaces with accents of the board formed exterior concrete extending inside to form the cantilevered fireplace and other select walls.  Other features on this level include a colorful mudroom connection from the garage and yard and a hidden homework room concealed by 3 sliding panels painted by a local graffiti artist.

The protected entertainment terrace is accessible from the entire main level, of which then transitions down to a large landscaped and playful yard which includes amenities such as a whirlpool, a basketball court and an in-ground trampoline for their kids.

The upper private level, accessed from an open riser steel and glass staircase consists of the bedrooms and a reading lounge that opens up to the living and dining rooms below, acting as an extension of those rooms including stunning views to the exterior.

The composition of volumes and planes scored with ribbons of windows make by passers stop and take notice-both day and night on this active residential street corner.