AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards

Hennepin House

Citation of Merit

It's one thing to open out and embrace a view, quite another when there are two opposite views to capture. Here, the architects managed a double play by means of an Xshaped central living space whose two ends widen to frame expansive views of prairie in one direction, a woodland in the other. Bracketing the X are two parts of a standard box, which hold the bedrooms, baths and kitchen and are downplayed on the exterior with siding of corrugated aluminum panels. That leaves the X as the lead player, wrapped in wood to complement the natural setting. The floor, ceiling and walls are surfaced in triangulated planes of pine. Jurors lauded the "modern vocabulary for a country house" and the use of "inexpensive materials in a very simple way. The whole thing is a complete idea. It's taking one idea and really obsessively solving it."

Architect
UrbanLab
Client
Diane Pascal and Thomas Richie
Consultants
Robert L. Miller Associates (structural)
General contractor
American Bilco
Location
Hennepin, IL
Category
Residential