Newport Residence

Type: Residential-Gut Rehab
Program: Single-Family Home
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Construction: DiCosola Group
Status: Completed 2017
Brief: Conversion of a two flat multi-family building into a single family residence with a third floor addition

Situated 75 feet away from the elevated train tracks, close enough to hear “next stop”, as it’s announced over the intercom our clients desired to convert this masonry two-flat into a single-family home.

The existing conditions were dismal, nothing was level while dark interior, low ceilings and lack of connectivity between floor plates added to the complexity for the desired outcome. During design process we determined to eliminate everything within, leaving the exterior load bearing shell in-tact while strategically puncturing the envelope for added daylight and views. We then stitched all new building levels together utilizing an articulated stair within a contiguous void.  Pulling natural daylight down at each floor and connecting spaces via light and shadow throughout the day. Furthermore, the neighboring exterior common brick walls now become the backdrop for the interior, as spaces are visually stretched outwards, blurring the boundary between the interior and the outside as we selectively kept some brick as finish material on the inside of the home as well.

While the front of the house remained intact, the rear embraces the alley and the elevated train. Clad in narrow ship-lap siding from cut down standard fiber-cement boards adds texture and depth as the South sun rakes across the surfaces. Traditionally the rear of these buildings along the tracks have been very much a non-design priority, however to us and to our clients this elevation was as equally important as the front, offering a new vantage for those passengers that ride the EL.