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Sanjay Gangal
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Urban 24 in Chicago, Illinois by Studio Dwell Architects

 
January 28th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Studio Dwell Architects

Looking like a missing tooth, this project helped to complete a gap in the urban fabric of this intimate residential row house street in Chicago. The row-houses were built in the 1890’s, showing wear and demolition over the years. Infilling this small lot provided challenges for the new residence; to not disturb adjacent 100 year old structures, party wall encroachments and to respect the existing scale of the street. The shoring of the adjacent structures and the house’s new foundations required complex design and construction, including a cantilevered concrete foundation wall to avoid interfering with the adjacent party wall footing.

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

  • Architects: Studio Dwell Architects
  • Project: Urban 24
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Photography: Marty Peters
  • Architect’s/ Interior designers: Mark Peters, AIA
  • Engineer: Louis Shell
  • Gross square footage: 4,500 square feet
  • Completion Date (Month and Year): January, 2014
  • Software used: Archicad, AutoCad, Rhinoceros 3d

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Current zoning allowed for a building two stories taller than the block. To keep in scale, floor levels and the front height of the residence were aligned with the adjacent houses. The upper level is setback 16 feet making it difficult to read from street. Typical of row-houses, delivering light into a residence that only has two sources; front and back, required a revised
design approach.

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

The solution was to incorporate a combination of skylights, vertical open volumes and transparent walls and floors throughout, allowing natural light down through the residence. Staggering these stacked volumes not only provided a continual sustainably smart light source, but also provided intimate spaces. Exposed white masonry interiors further aided in bouncing light inside. The created effect is that of a folded open residence that provides privacy when desired.

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Studio Dwell Architects

Image Courtesy © Studio Dwell Architects

Image Courtesy © Studio Dwell Architects

Image Courtesy © Studio Dwell Architects

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