Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang Architects

Steve Hall - © Hedrich Blessing

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

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.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Kohler, Hansgrohe , Ann Sacks, KWC

  • Plumbing Fixtures by Kohler
  • Plumbing Fixtures by Hansgrohe
  • Plumbing Fixtures by Ann Sacks
  • Plumbing Fixtures by KWC

Facades: Endicott Clay Products, Hohmann & Barnard, Inc., SelKirk Specialty Wood Ltd.

  • Exterior cladding masonry by Endicott Clay Products
  • Exterior cladding masonry anchors by Hohmann & Barnard, Inc.
  • Wood by SelKirk Specialty Wood Ltd.

Floor: Ty Pennington Style

  • Wood Flooring: Bamboo by Ty Pennington Style

Joinery: Cornell Iron Works, Inc., Velux

  • Rolling Door by Cornell Iron Works, Inc.
  • Skylights by Velux

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Bega, Halo , Belfer

  • Exterior lightning by Bega
  • Downlights by Halo
  • Task lighting by Belfer

Mobile Partitions/Suspended Ceilings/Raised Floors: Arcadia, Inc.

  • Glazing: Glass by Arcadia, Inc.

Walls: Benjamin Moore

  • Paints and stains by Benjamin Moore
Cite: "Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang Architects" 28 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • rory

    Looks interesting from the two pictures posted. Where’s the rest? Come on AD don’t drop your standards!

  • ozmoto

    I like this… smart and elegant for a neighborhood that’s not very attractive.

  • MarkM

    Perhaps the most urbanistically unfriendly house I’ve seen in a while! From the photos, this is the only house on the block to put the garage in the front. This is definately not a suburban area. Studio Gang have done a lot of good work, but I think this is really, really bad. I can understand wanting to glaze both ends of a rowhouse and retain privacy, but this is a bit much. There wasn’t another way to do it?

    • q

      the reason the brick facade is a great idea is because it reuses material rather than just tearing everything down and starting from scratch

    • MRTGR

      Street-facing garage, to address that, was an existing condition. The property’s past life was industrial/commercial.

  • Jonas

    where are the sunny pictures???

  • w

    as great and elegant as this looks, the amount of sunlight that could possibly penetrate through the facade is hindered, and the light fixture is turned on in the morning

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  • mhash

    It does seem a bit defensive.

  • j

    i agree. they should not have used a brick facade. maybe a system that could open up during daytime, yet still have the same bri sole feel? these are nice photos, taken at perfect times. Imagine that brick wall during the day. What about the inside on a cloudy day…its chicago not arizona. maybe it does work. but im not convinced

    • Kenny

      oooh…I’m to timid to use brick facade… what if it’s cloudy?

    • q

      once again, its about reusing existing material! why don’t you guys get that!?

  • cobogo

    the brick-weave screen is similar to the brazilian “cobogó”, widely used by brazilian modernists.
    i live in a house with cobogós and am very fond of the moving light patterns they make in the sunny rooms during the day.

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  • Gpanderson

    And the other houses on the street have the curtains shut and blinds drawn?
    You betcha.

    Love it, very nice.

  • Dustin Wu

    Believe the sort of façade handling is better for ventilation and un-wanted view block.