Text description provided by the architects. This 8 unit, 20,000 sf mixed use condominium project is located in the vibrant Bucktown district of Chicago. The project is the final phase of a full-block development, Urban Sandbox. The condominium units are a mix of 2 bedroom flats and 3 bedroom lofts. Penthouse units have roof access. A large commercial space fronts Wolcott Avenue and parking is accessed from the alley.
One of the primary objectives on this project was to provide a high degree of transparency and a strong connection to the urban fabric without compromising a sense of privacy from the public street. LAYERING became the guiding concept and the deep south-facing decks above the street provide enough setback so that floor to ceiling glass doesn’t leave the occupant feeling exposed.
The project therefore, was conceived as a box overlaid with a steel and glass frame. Outdoor rooms bridge between the box and the frames, enlivening the façade. Frames define and render images. Frames by their nature create singular space- the place is interpreted by both the audience in the street and the building occupant (actor) within the frame. A COLLECTION OF FRAMES then reveals a multitude of interpretations.