Chicago Residence

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The design of this single-family home maintains the townhouse urban relationship with its neighbors while exploring a sophisticated logic of materials and construction. Dynamic spatial relationships are created through overlapping materials and the layering of interior and exterior. Visual connections are created from indoor spaces and passages to garden terraces, outdoor landscaping and the adjacent park. Fine articulation and craft of a simple yet rich palette comprise restrained minimal spaces that emphasize the family's activities, artwork and extensive fish collection in large, integrated aquariums.

From the entrance up through three floors to the roof deck terraces the main stair is the vertical core of the home. At the top of the stair a large light monitor allows natural light deep into the building, while a railing of stainless steel and translucent glazing reflect and diffuse the light, adding to the dynamics of the space. A central pendant light fixture composed of many silken cords each holding a lamp, stretch throughout the stairway, lighting one's path upward through the home. The solid ash of the floor carries through to the treads of the stair, further connecting each level.

Architect of record

Dirk Denison
Dirk Denison Architects
1123 W. Washington BLVD
Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Phone: 312-455-1388

General contractor

Howard Dardick
Tip Top Builders
8255 N Kimball Ave
Skokie, IL 60076, USA
Phone: 847-679-5010

Consultant 1

Lee Ashida
Thornton Tomasetti Group
330 N Wabash Ave, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Phone: 312-596-2000

Consultant 2

James Bess
Building Engineering Systems
444 N Wells, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Phone: 312-836-0595

Consultant 3

Doug Hoerr
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
850 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Phone: 312-492-6501

Consultant 4

Mitchell Kohn
Mitchell B. Kohn Lighting Design
2256 Linden Ave
Highland Park, IL 60035, USA
Phone: 847-433-0840


Michelle Litvin
The Michelle Litvin Studio
731 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60616, USA
Phone: 1 (312) 421-924