Periscope House

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The Periscope House is a complete renovation of a neglected 1970's era house into a state of the art, high efficiency urban courtyard home.  Existing envelope, structure and garden walls of the house were salvaged and a series of interventions added.  Situated between a Greystone and a brick 6 flat the second story "periscope" cantilevers over and beyond the plane of the existing front garden wall to create a provocative and sculptural element in contrast to its visually heavy neighbors.  The space created below the "periscope" is a living space which opens to an adjacent forecourt. The existing flat rear building facade is activated by the addition of two projecting additions one which contain a mudroom and utility functions on the first floor and the other a second story expansion of an undersized bedroom. The house takes advantage of an oversized (37.5’ x 125’) lot by preserving exterior spaces and utilizing them as an extension of the adjacent interior spaces.  These private courts are bracketed by existing garden walls, the house and the commercial alley is screened by an oversized garage with a glass overhead door that faces the house to create the potential for additional entertainment space during favorable weather.



Architect of Record

Peter Nicholas
Nicholas Design Collaborative
509 N. Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60626
Phone: 3122437799
peter@nicholasdc.com

General Contractor

Peter Nicholas
NCA Build Ltd.
509 N. Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Phone: 3122437799
peter@nicholasdc.com

Consultant 1

Ulises Vasquez
Hutter Trankina Structural Engineering
32 W 273 Army Trail Rd.
Wayne , Illinois 60184
Phone: (630) 513-6711
ulises@htedesign.com

Consultant 2

Bill Pappas
Sustainable Energy Engineering Group Inc.
5677 N. Northwest Hwy.
Chicago, Illinois 60646
Phone: (773) 628-7584
bpappas@seeg-inc.com

Photography

Bruce Van Inwegen

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