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Flexhouse in Chicago, Illinois by Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

 
April 16th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

This 8-unit townhouse development occupies a well located site in the emerging Logan Square neighborhood northwest of downtown Chicago, just two blocks from a major train station. The open floor plans and flexibility of the interiors reflect a sense of simplicity and respond to the needs of contemporary living. The exterior strategy uses fiber cement lap siding and large metal window projections in a composition that retains a sense of a coherent urban block while marking each home as unique.

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  • Architects: Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson
  • Project: Flexhouse
  • Location: 2801 – 2815 W Shakespeare Avenue Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Photography: Ranquist Development Group
  • Dates: 2013
  • Project Phase: Concept Design
  • Client: Ranquist Development Group / Zev Group
  • Design Architect: Interface Studio Architects, Philadelphia, PA
  • Project Architect: Sullivan Goulette& Wilson, Chicago, IL
  • Structural Engineers: SP Engineers, Chicago, IL
  • General Contractor: John James Construction, Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Area (if applicable): 13,000 SF (approx)

Image Courtesy © Ranquist Development Group

Site: 
An 80’ X 166’ inner-city lot in the dense residential neighborhood of Logan Square.The property is bordered by the street on the North and East, a multi-family building on the South, and an alley on the West.

Image Courtesy © Ranquist Development Group

Organization: 
Flexhouse is a new type of home that istuned to the “new normal” of the twenty-first century. The modest, energy efficient, open-plan designs allow for seamlessness between work, live and play.

Image Courtesy © Ranquist Development Group

Interiors: 
The three-story homes feature an open loft like first floor with central kitchen and large transparent opening to a generous backyard. The second level provides two bedrooms and a full bath, with a third floor master suite featuring an open bath. A key feature of the homes are an exposed concrete first floor with radiant heat which give the spaces terrific wintertime comfort and a raw visual effect.

Image Courtesy © Ranquist Development Group

Exteriors: 
The exteriors were conceived to be individual, but connected as an urban block rather than just a series of individual homes. Two-story, custom fabricated stainless steel window wrappers jog vertically from house to house to create a visual rhythm across the façade. The overall cladding is fiber cement plank of varying width which gives the overall surface a contemporary, yet familiar texture. An eccentric painting scheme adds a layer of uniqueness to the project.

Image Courtesy © Ranquist Development Group

Image Courtesy © Ranquist Development Group

Image Courtesy © Ranquist Development Group

Image Courtesy © Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

Image Courtesy © Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

Image Courtesy © Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

Image Courtesy © Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

Image Courtesy © Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

Image Courtesy © Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

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