ZINC HOUSE

Chicago, Illinois

 

This Lakeview home takes a unique approach to city living by dramatically integrating with the landscape. The owners, a couple with three children, wanted a private, yet light-filled home with a strong connection to the outdoors. Program requirements included open-plan living, kid’s hangout room with six bunks for sleepovers, sport court, master suite with private deck, and ample space for art.

 

A key design feature of the home is slab-on-grade construction which locates interior and exterior living spaces at the same level, allowing circulation to flow easily from inside to out. A double-height living space with a window wall and oversize sliding doors amplifies the connection to the outdoors, which includes a dining patio, built-in BBQ, and fireplace lounge defined by a pergola with a steel oculus.

 

This home, dubbed ‘Zinc House’ due to its standing-seam zinc panels, is designed with three planes that step back from the street. A garden of trees and weathered steel planters guide a path to the front door. The effect is a facade that is both striking and subdued, offering privacy while permitting framed views through vertical windows between the zinc planes.

 

The south-facing rear elevation is defined by three beveled zinc portals that provide solar shading. These dynamic details compliment outdoor spaces, including a yard, garden and a sport court over the garage. The master suite includes a double-sided fireplace that opens to a private terrace with a built-in hot tub overlooking the city skyline. Adventurous interior furnishings were curated by Chicago-based PROjECT Interiors.

 

Sustainable elements include durable and recycled material, high efficiency mechanicals, a tight thermal envelope, high-efficiency windows, and drought-tolerant native plantings.