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Resilient 5 Lot Residence | Chicago

This home is located on an extremely rare five lot parcel in Chicago, overlooking the north branch of the Chicago River. The home was designed as an 'L' to shield the yard from traffic located one block north, to provide strong views to the Chicago River to the west, and to provide access for the solar panels facing due south. An additional 20 panels are on the garage located at the south end of the property.

The clients’ property spanned five of the city’s standard 100-ft.-by-125-ft. lots. More impressively it was at the end of a dead-end street, with a back yard that abutted the recently revitalized Chicago River, with views across the river to a 57-acre city park. The existing suburban-style home on the property was deconstructed for architectural salvage.

The designed plan focused views toward the river and the park beyond. Farmhouse inspiration resulted in a barn-like plan and exterior, complete with a metal diamond pattern clad “silo” turret and a standing-seam metal roof.


Low E Glazing

All LED lighting

Induction cooktop

Coated Metal Roof

Smart thermostat system

Cement Fiberboard Siding

Timers for all exhaust fans

10.2 kW solar photovoltaic panels

Low and no-VOC materials and finishes

Energy Recovery Ventilator system for fresh air

Operable skylights to enhance natural ventilation

Strategically placed windows for natural daylighting

Sealed combustion direct vent high efficiency fireplace

Separate switchgear to subpanel for emergency power system

Continuous rigid insulation exterior wall rainscreen system

Wired for three Level 2 electric car charging stations in the garage

Ultra high efficiency mini-split air-source heat pump HVAC system, zoned by room