Residential Design

VOL4 2019

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

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A traditional, tree-lined neighborhood in a venerable Chicago suburb is hardly the place for a glassy courtyard house. Nor is the prominent use of Chicago common brick, a cheap and abundant material historically deployed in areas obscured from the street. But Brooks + Scarpa's client requested something unusual on this 50-foot-by-150-foot infill lot near Northwestern University. "Our client wanted something very different and striking," says Larry Scarpa, FAIA. "He said jokingly, 'I want them to hate me.'" He got his wish, except for the community response. "So far the comments have been very positive," Larry says. "It has not been controversial, and no variances were required." Designed for a single man with grown children, the layout is straightforward, with a rectangular open living room, din- ing area, and kitchen, and an offset office near the front of the courtyard on the first floor. Above are an open-plan master suite and a guest bedroom over the office. But the building is not about the plan, it's about the spatial experience. The porous street fa├žade consists of an outdoor courtyard behind a row of stacked, twisting brick columns-cum-art installa- A New Twist Once underappreciated and hidden from view, Chicago's common brick moves front and center on an elegant, sinewy suburban house. BY CHERYL WEBER LOCATION: EVANSTON, ILLINOIS ARCHITECT: BROOKS + SCARPA WITH STUDIO DWELL BUILDER: STUDIO DWELL 30 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2019 CASE STUDY

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