Cortez House

Chicago, IL

The existing two-story masonry building was a former shopkeeper building with a retail space on the ground floor and an apartment on the second floor. The main program centers around a master suite being added to the second floor of the existing floor plan that consisted of two bedrooms and one bathroom. We formed the cantilevered, Corten steel addition at the rear of the house with a double height bedroom, bathroom and a private deck. The overhang provides shade and collects water that can be used in the garden. We opened up the enclosed staircase and designed a custom guardrail made from blackened steel and white oak.

More design details and process here.