Project Name: St Joseph Residence I
Practice: Wheeler Kearns Architects
Firm Location: Chicago
Completion year: 2016
Gross Built up Area: 534 sqm
Project Location: Saint Joseph, US
Structural Consultants: Enspect Engineering
Landscape Consultants: McKay Landscape Architects
MEP Consultants: BES
Contractors: Lakeshore Enterprises
Others: Millwork:Woodlogic Custom Millwork Inc.
Photo Credits: Steve Hall, Hall + Merrick Photographers
(“Text as submitted by architect”)
Sited upon a coastal dune landscape, this 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.) Two cross axis are laid down over a long rolling site – one extending and connective; one short, straddling the crest.
A vertical shaft of weathering steel (seemingly roofless) is placed to mark the crossing. Three primary horizontal protective volumes are then placed, two on the ground (of porcelain), one bridging overhead (of wood). The resultant void becomes the fourth, most public volume.
Secondary architectural elements are subsequently introduced, (trellis, screen wall, stepped garden, screened pavilion) extending the house into the landscape, and back. The resultant is a deliberate sequence of domesticated spaces of varied scales, each with specific agendas, microclimates, sounds, smells, effects. Contrast heightens experience.