Wood House

Wood House

Chicago, Illinois

2013

The densely built fabric of the Chicago’s traditional residential homes often sacrifice privacy for light, or vis versa, in the name of economically efficient development. Wood House is an exercise in the balance of openness and privacy in this tight urban setting. Views and light are calibrated throughout to provide moments of comfort, introspection, and calmness. The second floor is washed with northern and eastern light, perfect for sleeping, while the third floor takes advantage of access to terraced outdoor space with views of the Chicago skyline. Wood House provides a specific level of solitude without rejecting the city it is so integrally built into.

Project Type

Houses

SIZE

5,350 square feet

CONTRACTOR

Goldberg General Contracting

CONSULTANTS

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

AWARDS

2018 AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award – Honor Award
2016 Copper Development Association Inc. North American Copper in Architecture 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

PUBLICATIONS

Lynch, Brad, David Brininstool, and Reed Kroloff. Brininstool Lynch: Making Architecture. New York: The Monacelli Press, 2019.
Coen, Shane. Contextual Minimalism: Landscape Architecture and Urbanism. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2018.
Pridmore, Jay, and George A. Larson. Chicago Architecture and Design. Vol. 3. New York: Abrams, 2018.

Kunz, Gerold. “A City is Established.” Modulør, 2017.
“Wood House.” Architecture & Culture: House with Brick, May 2015.
Libby, Brian. “Urban Oasis,” Luxe Interiors + Design, Summer 2014.
“Madeira Urbana.” Revista Décor, June 2014.
Design Exchange, January 28, 2014.
Domus Online, January 2014.
Bey, Lee. “Wood House.” Residential Architect, November/December 2013.
Architectural Record Featured Houses, December 2013.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Christopher Barrett