The Cortland Residence is a 7,800 s.f., 3 level home located in a dense urban neighborhood for working parents and their two children.   

The house was designed to provide privacy and solitude for the Owners by creating a strong connection between interior and visually protected exterior spaces.  Two courtyards act as organizing elements and the focus for the interior.  Privacy is achieved by the arrangement of building forms which block vision from the street.  Courtyard walls are defined by planes of glass, cedar and wood panels. 

In the main courtyard, water elements create a focus and patio space is positioned next to the family room which is able to expand to the exterior by opening a folding glass wall.

With a double lot (49’) site, the house matches the height of smaller neighbors and the building form broken down into discrete volumes to realize a similar scale.  

 

Residential Architecture

Cortland

Type 

Single Family Residence

Status

Completed Construction 2009

Location

Chicago, Ilinois

Project Team

Peter Nicholas, Matthew Winter, Jacob Wahler, Janeen Harrell, Oren Shoemaker, Ann Clark

Design/Build Contractor 

NCA Build, Ltd. 

Prime Subcontractor 

Fricano Construction Company

Structural Engineer 

The Structural Shop

MEP Engineer

Quest Design Group

Awards

The Association of Licensed Architects 2010 Design Awards, Gold Award

Publications
Luxe Interiors + Design, Summer 2010

Photography 

Linda Oyama Bryan