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Planted Environment in Chicago, Illinois by STUDIO IDE

December 21st, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: STUDIO IDE

Designed by Vladimir Radutny and Paul Tebben of STUDIO IDE, this ground level space inscribes the functions of living, entertaining and yoga into a traditional three story suburban home.  The Clients, having lived and traveled in the eastern world, aspired to transplant the character of Southeast Asian living into their existing home.  Rather than forcing the marriage between these two dissimilar architectural languages, the choice to disconnect each from the other created a world within a world.

Building the Wall (Images Courtesy STUDIO IDE)

  • Architect: STUDIO IDE
  • Project Name: Planted Environment
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Design Team: Vladimir Radutny, Paul Tebben, Joe Signorelli
  • Construction: Harder Brothers Inc.
  • Project Area: 1500 sq.ft.
  • Project Year: 2009-2010
  • Photographs: Nathan Kirkman Photography and STUDIO IDE
  • Software used: AutoCAD and 3dS Max as well as traditional design tools of model making and sketches.

The fluid arrangement of spaces and the tectonic assembly of materials are in contrast to the rest of the house, thus providing a greater sense of transition from the everyday indoor environment. The conventional language of privacy enclosures is replaced with screening elements, typically found in the Eastern world.  The partial height screens provide substantial visual privacy yet allow for light and air to permeate through the resultant voids.  Drawing on the horizontality within the dense lamination of Baltic birch plywood, the walls are assembled to appear woven.


View of Bedroom (Images Courtesy Nathan Kirkman Photography)

Each of 5,000 rectangular pieces of plywood is placed individually, not unlike the tedious assembly of the hand crafted water hyacinth furniture acquired by the client during their travels in Asia.  The ceiling soffit adds an organizational framework between the vertical variation in the ceiling height and the overall plan.  Its geometry is derived from the boundaries of existing infrastructural elements and runs counter to the direction of the spatial flow.


View from Yoga Room (Images Courtesy Nathan Kirkman Photography)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Nathan Kirkman Photography)

View of Main Space (Images Courtesy Nathan Kirkman Photography)

View of Yoga Room (Images Courtesy Nathan Kirkman Photography)

Wall Detail (Images Courtesy Nathan Kirkman Photography)

Axonometric Diagram (Images Courtesy STUDIO IDE)

Basement Plan (Images Courtesy STUDIO IDE)

Concept Diagram (Images Courtesy STUDIO IDE)

Initial Sketch (Images Courtesy STUDIO IDE)

Light and Shadow Pattern (Images Courtesy STUDIO IDE)

Plan Axonometric (Images Courtesy STUDIO IDE)

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