Thompson House

Thompson Residence

Thompson House

Chicago, Illinois


Built on a 24’x 100’ Chicago lot, the Thompson residence is an exploration of section, light, and material on the tightest of sites and budgets. Fitting into a typical Chicago envelope the interior of the home is replete with a soaring lightwell, a third-floor interior bridge, and a sunken entry. These gymnastics serve to softly illuminate every space of the interior despite the close proximity of sun-blocking neighbors. The exuberance of the interior layout is counterbalanced by the use of readily available off-the-shelf materials. Birch plywood, cement block, and translucent fiberglass are elevated through meticulous detailing and demanding installation standards. The resulting is a bespoke home at one third the average price per square foot.

Project Type



3,000 square feet


Interior Architecture Award, Citation of Merit American Institute of Architects—Chicago, 1994
Distinguished Building Award, Honor Award American Institute of Architects—Chicago, 1995


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Jamie Padgett, Karant + Associates, Inc.