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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In this way, the house almost serves as a palate-cleanser in the suburban landscape. "We thought of the building as a bit of a pause in the setting in that it's more neutral, almost blank on the site," he says. Science of Perception Early on, the client was set on having a steel-and-glass house like a Brooks + Scarpa project he'd seen in Venice, California. "He didn't want brick at the time, but it's Chicago, you have to do brick," Larry says. But what kind of brick? His local partner on the project was the architecture firm Studio Dwell. Its principal Mark Peters, AIA, weighed design decisions against the reality of costs, served as the client's local contact, and managed construction. Several years ago Mark rebuilt the front wall of his office with Chicago common brick grafted from another part of the old warehouse. "When the client came to my office, he said, 'I want that look,'" Mark says. "We did 20 mockups in the field before he approved." Made from Lake Michigan clay, Chicago common brick looks different from typical red bricks as a result of the clay's geological composition. When fired, the colors come out inconsistent—spotty, red, yellow, or dark. Larry's idea was to turn a humble material into something extraordinary. "I like This page: A 4-inch circle of mortar was sufficient to affix the bricks to each other, but wind loads were a concern. Horizontal tubing spaced in 32-inch increments braces the structure. The wall shelters the interior courtyard and private living spaces from view. 33 VOL. 4, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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