Yamamoto Residence

Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Yamamoto Residence

Yamamoto Residence

McCordsville, Indiana


Located in the suburban perimeter of Indianapolis, the house offers a serene environment for the display of art and a comfortable place for entertaining. The sequence of entry, defined by a series of horizontal elements including the garage, site wall, and entrance canopy, both privatize and delineate the approach to the house. Setting the main living area of the house away from the street insulates the home from an area of neo-traditional influenced development, while reducing the impact of the design on that context. The intent is calm juxtaposition—not a radical statement.

Once through the entry sequence, the house opens to an influx of natural light.  Defined by volumes of wood, the kitchen adjoins the living and dining rooms, enveloped by two niches for 17th century Japanese screens. Main rooms of the house all have views over a landscaped garden area and a vista looking through woods toward a lake. Custom interior millwork components, light fixtures, and the dining table were designed by the architects.

Project Type



5,350 square feet




Stearn-Joglekar, Structural


2001 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award – Citation of Merit
2001 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award – Citation of Merit 


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Christopher Barrett, Hedrich Blessing