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Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang

  • 01:00 - 28 June, 2010
Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang
Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang, © Hedrich Blessing
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From the architect. 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.

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Dustin Wu · April 09, 2014

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

Gpanderson · December 18, 2012

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

Love it, very nice.

giacomo abbà · January 10, 2012 @plethoraapp

Candy D. · December 21, 2011 @plethoraapp

Alan Redmond · July 12, 2011

Just came across this: Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang Architects | ArchDaily via @archdaily

Tanja Bongers · November 06, 2010

Fraai breiwerkje! RT @architectum: The “Brick-Weave” House demonstrates a sensibility in the use...

cobogo · June 30, 2010

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.

j · June 29, 2010

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

q · July 09, 2010 12:32 AM

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

Kenny · June 29, 2010 11:53 PM

oooh...I'm to timid to use brick facade... what if it's cloudy?

mhash · June 29, 2010

It does seem a bit defensive.

w · June 29, 2010

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

Jonas · June 29, 2010

where are the sunny pictures???

MarkM · June 29, 2010

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?

MRTGR · December 23, 2011 09:42 PM

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

q · July 09, 2010 12:31 AM

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

ozmoto · June 29, 2010

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

rory · June 29, 2010

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


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