At the heart of this residence designed for a pair of a empty nesters is what the architects describe as the “coffee house”—a light-filled, communal space featuring a terrace overlooking the back garden.
Site Size: 6,922 square feet Project Size: 5,900 square feet Program: The clients wanted a house with an abundance of natural light, a direct connection to the outdoors, and privacy from the neighboring houses and elementary school. Location: Set on the last lot on a block of repetitive single-family homes to the north, the house is separated from a nearby elementary school to the south by a large parking lot and playground. Solution: The three-story house, clad in wood and glass on the ground floor and copper and glass above, is separated from its neighbors by a freestanding, board-formed concrete
Site Size: 9,233 square feet Project Size: 4,600 square feet (excluding basement) Program: A wooded corner lot in an urban residential neighborhood offers views of the neighboring park and Lake Michigan. The house occupies just a third of the lot, since the client preferred to leave the property largely intact. Solution: The house consists of a split-faced limestone base and a double-height glass volume containing the foyer, living room, and dining room. Above that, a wedge-shaped mass, clad in a smooth limestone, accommodates two levels of bedrooms. The house, which is oriented east-west, contains numerous sustainable design elements, including a
Wheeler Kearns and McGuire Igleski restore Louis Sullivan's last work to its former luster and create a serene work space within.
July 1, 2008
The two-story storefront at 4611 North Lincoln Avenue on Chicago’s North Side may not be Louis Sullivan’s highest-profile commission, but its delicate ornament and graceful proportions certainly reveal his skillful hand.