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Chicago Residence / Dirk Denison Architects

  • 01:00 - 15 October, 2014
Chicago Residence / Dirk Denison Architects
Chicago Residence / Dirk Denison Architects, © The Michelle Litvin Studio
© The Michelle Litvin Studio

© The Michelle Litvin Studio © The Michelle Litvin Studio © The Michelle Litvin Studio © The Michelle Litvin Studio + 23

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Chicago Residence / Dirk Denison Architects, © The Michelle Litvin Studio
© The Michelle Litvin Studio

Text description provided by the architects. The design of this single-family home maintains the urban townhouse relationship with its neighbors while exploring a sophisticated logic of materials and construction.  Dynamic spatial relationships are created through overlapping materials and the layering of interior and exterior.  Visual connections are created from indoor spaces and passages to garden terraces, outdoor landscaping and the adjacent park.  Fine articulation and craft of a simple yet rich palette comprise restrained minimal spaces that emphasize the family’s activities, artwork and extensive fish collection in large, integrated aquariums.

© The Michelle Litvin Studio
© The Michelle Litvin Studio

From the entrance up through three floors to the roof deck terraces the main stair is the vertical core of the home. At the top of the stair a large light monitor allows natural light deep into the building, while a railing of stainless steel and translucent glazing reflect and diffuse the light, adding to the dynamics of the space.  A central pendant light fixture composed of many silken cords each holding a lamp, stretch throughout the stairway, lighting one’s path upward through the home. The solid ash of the floor carries through to the treads of the stair, further connecting each level.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
Third Floor Plan
Third Floor Plan

The home utilizes sustainable and environmentally friendly materials and technologies such as green roof systems, automated shade controls, geothermal heating and cooling, a highly insulated building envelope, and low VOC-emission substrates.  Windows are fabricated with insulated, low-e coated glazing, with an additional UV film installed on its interior pane.  In addition, the outer pane of glass consists of two laminated glass layers, adding to the insulating quality of the glazing while minimizing exterior sound absorption. The shifting volumes and primary southern exposure maximize daylighting throughout the home, minimizing the family’s dependence on artificial lighting.  The building’s products and materials inform a responsible and enduring design.

© The Michelle Litvin Studio
© The Michelle Litvin Studio

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Cite: "Chicago Residence / Dirk Denison Architects" 15 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/553381/chicago-residence-dirk-denison-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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