St. Joseph Beach House is a new single-family residence nestled into expansive dune grass along Lake Michigan. In response to the client’s desire for intimate living spaces, lake views, and privacy from the street, a cluster of vernacular volumes clad in soft …
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Located in the LEED hotbed of Chicago, Wheeler Kearns Architects (WKA) is a nationwide firm specializing in the design of sustainable buildings for the residential and institutional sectors. Founded in the late ‘80s by Dan Wheeler, WKA was formed after the founder won a design competition to build a large residential project in southwestern Michigan. As green building practices become the norm in the Chicago area, Wheeler Kearns Architects is looking to remain a leader in sustainable design through the steady integration of emerging construction methods and techniques.
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
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Situated within a two-story mansard penthouse with stunning 270-degree views, this Lakeview duplex apartment establishes a series of material layers that unfold around a J-shaped plan and create spaces between them.
A new single family residence sits along the shoreline of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Shore. The house is conceived of in three levels. The base is a solid mass that forms a plinth and grounds the house on the site.
The clients, both avid cyclists and nature enthusiasts, sought to create a modestly scaled single-floor house that supports their active lifestyle and personal interests while quietly engaging with the ravined site.
After a lengthy search, a full penthouse floor of a Chicago high-rise was discovered that afforded 11 foot high ceilings, a double height space looking south to the city, and 360 degrees views. The site was gutted to a shell condition, awaiting the new interventions.
Sited upon a coastal dune landscape, the St Joseph residence seeks proportional balance. Balance between elemental exposure and domestic intimacy of prospect and refuge. Balance between the natural and the manmade (in landscape, form, material, to color, texture, furnishings.)