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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

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Chicago, United States
  • Architects: Wheeler Kearns Architects ; Landscape architects: McKay Landscape Architecture, Xavier Vendrell Studio

Text description provided by the architects. 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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Cite: "Orchard East / Wheeler Kearns Architects" 02 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/20280/orchard-east-wheeler-kearns-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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