Brick-Weave House in CHICAGO by Studio Gang Architects

062493_004 Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Architects: Studio Gang Architects
Location: Chicago, USA
Completion Date: November 2008
Size: 3,250 sf
Photography: Steve Hall – © Hedrich Blessing

The “Brick-Weave” House sits on the footprint of a century-old stable in Chicago’s West Side. With a modest budget, the owners hoped to salvage the entire building until hidden fire damage was uncovered. Strategically cutting away damage and weaving in new construction allowed 30% of the original structure to be reused. Front walls and roof were removed, creating a garden surrounded by a porous “brick-weave” screen that demonstrates a sensibility in the use of traditional materials in new and surprising ways.

Variation in ceiling heights and floor levels weaves together the two-story garden at the front of the house with the single-story volume at the back through a cascading section.

The screen animates the garden and interior with dappled sunlight, establishing a visual connection to and from the street. Rectangular voids in the screen throw hexagonal patterns of light inside. At night, the pattern reverses: the screen becomes a lantern.062493_006 Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

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