The “Brick-Weave” House sits on the footprint of a century-old stable in Chicago’s West Side. With a modest budget, the owners hoped to salvage the entire building until hidden fire damage was uncovered. Strategically cutting away damage and weaving in new construction allowed 30% of the original structure to be reused. Front walls and roof were removed, creating a garden surrounded by a porous “brick-weave” screen.
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: the screen becomes a lantern.
Location: Chicago, USA
Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Services Provided by Studio Gang Architects: Led full design and structural renovation from concept through completion
Size: 3,250 SF
Construction Cost: Confidential, on-time and on-budget
Unique Characteristics: One-wythe transparent brick screen at once encloses and reveals private courtyard and house beyond
Owner’s Objective: Transform an existing structure into a modern home
Status: Completed Winter 2008