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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Moderno Chicago One of the clients has Latin American heritage and a special passion for the re- gion's modern architecture. "She loves that heavy concrete Latin American modernism," says Mark, "so we wanted to use those ideas and forms." The firm extrapolated the aesthetic into a palette of board-formed concrete, cedar siding, and glass, and arranged them in a pat- tern of solids and voids, transparency and opacity. The board-formed sections of con- crete juxtapose with sections of actual wood boards—and glazing in strips and blocks separate the two. "We conceived of the public zones as the board-formed concrete areas and the cedar sections as the private areas," Mark explains. "We didn't want the contrast between the two materials to be too obvious, so we went for an etching quality to both." It turns out that executing the more rustic finish was much harder than one might suppose—much more difficult than achieving a smooth finish would have been. "I'm from the farm, and board-formed concrete used to be the easy way to build," he notes. "But now it's a difficult process with liners. There's a lot of labor involved to make it look natural. Sometimes it doesn't work and can look forced or fake." Clockwise from top left: An Eames-inspired minimalist coat area. A private terrace off the kitchen/family room is shaded by the cantilevered master bedroom. 57 VOL. 1, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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