This new home for a couple and their daughter expresses the family’s love of music and nature. Located on a double lot in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, the house is composed of three interlocking volumes connected to a garage by a covered passageway. The three volumes in turn create three gardens—an entry terrace, shade garden, and sunny formal garden.
The building’s siting, configuration, and mass are completely attuned to the scale of the neighborhood. Great care was taken from the earliest stages of design to ensure the continued life of two oak trees in the side yard, each in over 100 years old. The building’s sleek materials—Corten steel, limestone, and granite—address the character and scale of the adjacent houses as well as complement the landscapes they define.
In keeping with AIA’s 2030 Commitment, the building’s high-performance, tight, and efficient thermal envelope, with its continuous interior and exterior insulation and rain screen cladding, reduces unwanted energy loss and heat gain. Enclosure assembly R-Values are typically 30% higher than building code requirements.
Geothermal heat pumps are installed as integrated systems to provide heating, cooling, and domestic hot water. Cooling is further provided by continuous fresh air ventilation, ceiling fans, and operable windows (rather than air conditioning). High-performance and diffused glass was used throughout to direct views and take advantage of daylighting and to filter and control solar energy, light, and glare. Operable sunshades are coordinated with an electronic monitoring system to allow for more acute control and timely, localized response.