The neighborhood corner storefront is a canonical Chicago building typology. This old butcher shop, just a block away from the client's current house, is one that they have a particular fondness for, having shopped at and driven by every day for the past 15 years. When it came for sale, the owner put an offer on it site unseen.
The design solution is to preserve the existing building and storefront just as it has been for 100 years to maintain the characteristic of the neighborhood. Instead of displaying groceries, the storefront will become a place of exchange, a changing gallery for the neighbors to interact with. Inside, the house will re-orient itself from the street to the adjacent empty lot which will become a modern courtyard and garden. Inside, heavy Douglas Fir timber beams and columns will divide the space into the primary public living areas, each with their own relationship to the courtyard, but all benefiting from the southern exposure and light.
Area/Budget: 3,500sf / $600,000
Scope: renovation of building, and addition
Project Team: Andy Tinucci, Mary Ward, Chris Vant Hoff