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Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects

  • 01:00 - 2 May, 2009
Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects
Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects

Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicago, IL, United States
  • Architects

    Wheeler Kearns Architects
  • Interiors

    Leslie Jones & Associates
  • Structure

    Thornton Tomasetti
  • Consulting Engineer

    James Carpenter Design Associates
  • Mep Engineer

    IBC Engineering
  • Lighting

    Charter Sills
  • Landscape Architects

    McKay Landscape Architecture, Xavier Vendrell Studio
  • Client

  • Construction

    Norcon, Inc.
  • Acoustics

    Acoustic Expertise

From the architect. A broad, introverted, opaque volume of private spaces floats above a fully transparent, extroverted space at grade that extends, below the canopy of the volume above, into the garden.  This urban residence is a warm, intimate home for a family of four that can transform into a place of assembly as needed and has an integral connection between interior and exterior experiences.

Light and air courts, terminating in a series of reflecting pools, perforate the volume and extend vertically through the house to distribute reflected light, and activate the interior with rain and snow; further reinforcing the blurred boundaries of interior and exterior space.

A collaborative design process led to architectural and structural innovations that include vertically post-tensioned concrete thermal mass with forty foot cantilevers; pultruded fiberglass wide-flanges, filled with closed cell spray foam insulation, sheathed in aerated autoclaved concrete and pigmented cement stucco; thermally broken floor to ceiling glass curtain wall and sliding door system.

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Termopane Ploiesti · May 07, 2013

A simple house that makes you feel the warmth of home

Vreau Termopane · May 07, 2013

design that combines beauty with utility

Fereastra Decor · March 20, 2013

nice futuristic design

Julia · July 18, 2009

Beautiful, just wish "green" architechs could work with this:

GK · May 08, 2009

this is my professor

Patrick McDonough · May 05, 2009

Great house design:

Daniel Con · May 04, 2009

beautiful design but it looks better suited to be a museum and not a residence. Whats up with the floating letters??

Danyo Cummings · May 04, 2009

Dream House of the day: "Orchard East" in Chicago -

Christine again · May 04, 2009

it's definitely modern and seems very corbusier AND mies inspired

Christine · May 04, 2009

How does the snow gain drained when it goes down those light shafts in the interior? Intertwining the exterior with the interior is an awesome idea by introducing light courts that cut through the house as cores is a great idea.

Lucas Gray · May 03, 2009

I just don't see anything unique or groundbreaking here. It seems like an average architect designed house. Better than some suburban development but not fantastic.

Nick · May 03, 2009

Nice paintings !

Marcus · May 03, 2009

I think there are some good qualities about this house. However, it is not well implemented. The interior space needs a better layout and better composition.

Edward May · May 03, 2009

Got a personal tour of this house from one of the architects when I was a second year with the Rural Studio. We couldn't go inside, but the outdoor spaces are pretty nice. Excellent use of concrete for the outdoor dining and gardening areas. A little extravagant for my taste, but still nice.

Matt Cole · May 02, 2009

RT @archdaily Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects: Architects: Wheeler Kearns Architects Location: Chicago.

Bo Lucky · May 02, 2009

A simple house which likely doesn't provide a good living conditions. The ground floor looks like a public library rather than a cozy family space. The second floor doesn't seem to be well designed. For some reason, there is no picture of this floor(?) The bathrooms have no natural light/ventilation although it is easily achievable. Personally, I do not like structures where a huge and heavy mass stands on slim "sticks" and glass. It's against the nature of things. Nice aesthetics though, but it's not sufficient to make a good architecture.


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