Wednesday, June 12, 2013

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Open Cubes

Construction is underway on a small project for photographer Laura Letinsky.  Located in Hyde Park, Chicago, the design includes an exterior stair and series of porches.  Working within tight building code parameters and capitalizing on a zoning exception that allowed rebuilding in a side setback, the design maximizes usable areas by reconstructing the footprint of an existing structure and through the careful positioning of an egress stair.  A calculated configuration of steel framing elements minimizes columns and allows a larger deck at the second level to cantilever off of the north facade.  Wood screen walls provide security and add privacy while emphasizing the verticality of the structure.

Sol Lewitt.  Drawing for incomplete open cubes.