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.
Wheeler Kearns Architects
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.
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.)
Situated on a suburban wooded lot, the Hinsdale House is pulled back from the road and rotated to visually diminish its presence and maximize its ideal exposure to the sun and protected views.
This project is a single family residence in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. It entails the construction of a new two-story brick masonry residence, with a glass enclosed walkway that leads to a renovated existing coach house structure.