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Brick Weave House

Negotiating the Public and Private with a Diaphonous Masonry Veil

Location

Chicago / USA

Architect

Studio Gang Architects

Status

Completed 2008

The Brick Weave House sits on the footprint of a century-old stable on an eclectic block of Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Removing the original front walls and roof created a garden through subtraction, one which is surrounded by a porous, one-wythe-thick brick screen that both reveals and encloses the private courtyard and house beyond.

Variation in ceiling heights and floor levels weaves together the two-story garden at the front of the house with the single-story volume at the back through a cascading section. The screen animates the garden and interior with dappled sunlight, establishing a visual connection to and from the street. Rectangular voids in the screen throw hexagonal patterns of light inside. At night, the pattern reverses, and the screen becomes a lantern.

Awards

2009 Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building, AIA Chicago

2009 Special Recognition, Divine Detail, AIA Chicago

2009 Record House, Architectural Record

Selected Publications

2012 Architecture: From Commission to Construction (Laurence King)

2010 March, CS
"Amazing Space!: Grid Locked"

2010 Winter, CS Interiors
“Full Frontal”

2009 Oct, Dwell
"Brick by Brick"

2009 April, Architectural Record
"Record Houses 2009: Brick Weave House"


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