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Flexhouse, Chicago

High-end living at an affordable and environmentally-conscious level

Feb 12, 2014



Design : Interface Studio Architects, Philadelphia

Flexhouse, apartment block, Chicago, USA

Flexhouse is a new type of home that is tuned to the “new normal” of the twenty-first century. The modest, energy efficient, open-plan designs allow for seamlessness between work, live and play.

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The three-story homes feature an open loft like first floor with central kitchen and large transparent opening to a generous backyard. The second level provides two bedrooms and a full bath, with a third floor master suite featuring an open bath. A key feature of the homes are an exposed concrete first floor with radiant heat which give the spaces terrific wintertime comfort and a raw visual effect.

image © Marty Peters

The exteriors were conceived to be individual, but connected as an urban block rather than just a series of individual homes. Two-story, custom fabricated stainless steel window wrappers jog vertically from house to house to create a visual rhythm across the façade. The overall cladding is fiber cement plank of varying width which gives the overall surface a contemporary, yet familiar texture. An eccentric painting scheme adds a layer of uniqueness to the project.

image © Marty Peters

An 80’ X 166’ inner-city lot in the dense residential neighborhood of Logan Square.
The property is bordered by the street on the North and East, a multi-family building on the South, and an alley on the West.

The design was informed by the following:
structural expression
open plan main living area and secluded private living spaces
maximization of natural light

Design Architect: Interface Studio Architects, Philadelphia
Project Architect: Sullivan Goulette & Wilson, Chicago
Developer: Ranquist Development Group / Zev Group
General Contractor: John James Construction, Inc.
Structural Engineers: SP Engineers

image © Darris Harris

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