Case Study 1875
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- Wheeler Kearns Architects
- Consultants James Carpenter Design Associates, New York; Thornton Tomasetti; IBC Engineering; Leslie Jones Interiors; Charter Sills; Acoustic Expertise; McKay Landscape Architecture; Xavier Vendrell Studio
- Division Residential
- Location Chicago, IL
- General contractor Norcon Inc.
The architects' mission was to create a "warm, intimate residence of our time, a place of assembly, part of/engaged with a garden." Mission accomplished and then some. The architects describe this urban residential project as "museum quality" (noting a 1/8" tolerance "everywhere"). The jurors were instantly impressed by the precise design and seemingly flawless execution in this project that successfully marries architecture with an international engineering effort. Forty-foot cantilevers extend from the concrete core, creating a dual effect: the first-floor volume appears transparent, the second-floor volume seems to float above the earth. Clear glass walls hang from the ceiling, serving as the only separation between the house and the garden. When both walls in the corner room are slid open, guests and residents walk unencumbered by doorways and doorjambs into and out of the space.