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Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects

  • Architects: Wheeler Kearns Architects
  • Location: Chicago, IL, USA
  • 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: Withheld
  • Construction: Norcon, Inc.
  • Acoustics: Acoustic Expertise

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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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