Residential Design

VOL1 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Satisfying custom clients' often con- flicting desires is no easy task for residential architects. Chief among them is the call for abundant natural light and privacy from the street and neighbors. Compound the problem with a dense, city-bound site—and a corner one at that—and you have a knot only expert architects can unravel success- fully. Mark Peters, AIA, of Studio Dwell is such an architect, with deep experience in the challenges of urban dwellings—both single-family custom and multifamily projects for developers (which have their own set of contradic- tory goals to reconcile). For this project in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, Mark had not only his expertise going for him, but also a dash of good luck: His clients tapped him to help find just the right lot. It was a process that took more than two years, but resulted in a commodious piece of property that's both deeper (165 feet) and wider (44 feet) than the city's typical 125-by-25-foot lots. Its location on a northeast-facing corner enabled Mark to site the house at the sweet spot of solar orientation and program function. The long hunt for the lot served as an extended period of due diligence into the nuances of the clients' needs, desires, and overall life rhythms. "I talk to clients about how they think they want to live, and how they really live," he explains. "They usually have a pro- gram that's kind of a fantasy. I try to get at their daily routine—how they wake up, how they relax, how they go to bed. I pull out the reality." For this couple with three children, there were some critical must-haves. Paramount were places to blow off ener- gy inside and outside the house. So the basement is essentially a rec room for the kids, and there's an ample courtyard for outdoor play. The couple also loves to entertain on a grand scale, so the house cleaves This page and opposite: Not everyone sees the virtues of a corner site, but Mark Peters is a veteran of urban design and the deft balance of competing requirements for daylighting, views, and privacy. From the exterior, public realms appear as sections of board-formed concrete walls and glass; private areas are wrapped in cedar siding punctuated by strategically placed glazing. 53 VOL. 1, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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