Wood House

Wood House

Chicago, Illinois


The traditional residential architecture of Chicago’s densely built fabric often sacrifices privacy for light, or the reverse, in the name of economically efficient development. Wood House, on the other hand, is a very deliberate exercise in the balance between openness and privacy, transparency and opacity, in a 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 green spaces with views of the Chicago skyline. Wood House provides a specific level of solitude and discretion, without turning its back on the city of which it is an integral part.

Sustainability was a high priority in the design of this house. Skylights and clerestories promote passive solar energy, while mechanized sunshades, a geothermal well, radiant heating, and storm-water runoff systems add to this project’s environmental responsiveness.

Project Type



7,900 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
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


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Christopher Barrett