Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

This 8-unit townhouse development occupies a well-located site in the emerging Logan Square neighborhood northwest of downtown Chicago. The open floor plans and flexibility of the interiors reflect a sense of simplicity and respond to the needs of contemporary living. Flexhouse is a new type of home that is tuned to the "new normal" of the twenty-first century. The modest, energy efficient, open-plan designs allow for seamlessness between work, live and play.

The three-story homes feature an open first floor with central kitchen that opens onto a generous backyard. The second level provides two bedrooms and a full bath, and the third floor master suite features an open bath. All homes have an exposed concrete first floor with radiant heat which give the spaces wintertime comfort and a raw visual effect.

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 and an eccentric painting scheme, which gives the overall surface a contemporary, yet familiar texture.

Architect of record

Jeff Goulette
Sullivan Goulette & Wilson
444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1850
Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Phone: (312) 988-7412
Fax: (312) 988-7409

Associate architect

Brian Phillips
Interface Studio Architects
1400 North American Street, #301
Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
Phone: 215-232-1500
Fax: 215-232-1042

General contractor

John Keich
John James Construction, Inc.
1215 Washington Avenue, Suite 100
Wilmette, IL 60091, USA
Phone: 847-853-8000
Fax: 847-853-8005

Consultant 1

Jeff Pribyl
SP Engineers, Ltd
134 N. LaSalle, Suite 1930
Chicago, IL 60602, USA
Phone: 312.332.2800
Fax: 312.332.2820


Marty Peters

Photographer 2

Darris Lee Harris
Darris Lee Harris Photography
Phone: 312-718-4469