Wood House

Chicago, Illinois


Designing this Chicago residence was an exercise in creating a sense of privacy within an urban neighborhood while providing an abundance of open, bright space. The first floor is defined by articulated and clear views, connecting the landscape in front to the courtyard in back. The second floor has private spaces with northern and eastern light, appropriate for comfortable sleeping. The third floor provides solitude for working and adjacent outdoor areas of repose that encompass views over the courtyard, the neighborhood, and to the city skyline. Together, they comprise a rational and inspiring response to urban living.

Project Type



5,350 square feet


Goldberg General Contracting


Coen + Partners, Landscape Architect
Goodfriend Magruder, Structural
Moshe Calamaro & Associates, Civil 
AA Service Company, Mechanical 


2018 AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award – Honor Award
2015 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award – Honor Award
2014 Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design – American Architecture Award
2014 Residential Architect Design Award – Citation


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Christopher Barrett