Solar House

Type: Single-Family Residential
Location: Chicago, IL
Year: 2023
Size: 4,336 sf


Solar House

Situated on a triangular corner site with a frontage that spans 150 ft, this all-electric, nearly net-zero, two-story, single-family residence takes its shape from the outline left from a previous home’s foundation. Its three distinct volumes define public and private interiors, each facing intimate gardens at the building’s perimeter.  The central volume is a double-height space with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that maximizes daylight while the two adjacent volumes provide for sleeping and study functions. The primary material of the exterior of the home is brick to blend in with its context in this established Chicago neighborhood.

Throughout the home, there are many opportunities for the homeowners to connect with the outdoors. Multiple points of access, expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a double-height living room space in the center of the house all allow for ample natural light and sweeping views of the gardens. A limited palette of earth-inspired, interior finishes includes natural wood and stone to promote a connection to nature and harmonize with the masonry exteriors and gardens beyond. To design an all-electric home and maximize energy efficiency, the design incorporates sustainable principles in all aspects of the design with the most efficient systems throughout that exceed local code requirements.  As a result, an EUI (Energy Use Intensity) of 3 is achieved.

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