ADU studies: Natural Light, Passive Solar and Landscape

Here are three small backyard pavilions we designed for a family in Evanston. They feature natural light, access to landscape and a garden and one has a roof profile designed to allow the low sun to heat the space November through February. They are a great starting point to think about what an additional dwelling unit can offer you and your family. ¿How do you want to live? Have a look and please tell us.

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The stunning beauty of an Adolf Loos interior

Adolf Loos is best known for his maxim “Ornament is a crime.” What does that mean? Answers are to be found in the rich, luxurious but understated beauty expressed in his interiors projects. This dining room in Pilsen is stunning. Loos employs the natural horizontal grain of stone and the unadorned varnished wood slabs to delight the diner and animate the room. This was in place of the standard contemporary plaster ornament and heavy trim pieces. Loos still loves whimsy and specifies swan-shaped candle holders to the left and right of the mirror. The mirror is inset between the lush, but uncarved, marble pillars–being above the diner’s eye level– expands the space horizontally. The reflected light adds a seductive bling to the room making it warm and opulent. The golden “egg baskets” pendants sheen (I looked it up and I can use “sheen” as a verb–my inner diction nerd is very excited!) and add to the spectacle. Loos is fabulous fun! #adolfloos #ornnamentisacrime #architecture #decoration #materiality #architecturaleffects

Two compelling examples of Schindler’s Work

Schindler’s largest building was on the lake on Chicago’s north side, but Schindler’s most interesting buildings are small–right-sized–and in Los Angeles. Here are two of three spec 2 bedroom houses he designed in 1939 in Inglewood, California. We love the furniture and how it plays off against the architecture. Schindler employs roman brick, Wright’s favorite, in a more relaxed manner. Are you a fan of Schindler? We love his work. To us it is FL Wright with room to be yourself. #rudolphschindler #ADU #ChicagoADU #AdditionalDwellingUnit #ChicagoAdditionalDwellingUnit

The Brillance and Simplicity of Ikea Engineering

Want to rotate your art pieces in your living room? Need a system that will not put holes in your walls? One solution is a picture rail. What are the ready made options? We looked and discovered one that was really good and a mere $15 for a meter of length.

Like all Ikea products this one has a name that only can be described as a Viking town pronounced by a Muppet. “Mosslanda” is C shaped and comes in two lengths. Check it out.

ADU studies: Natural Light, Passive Solar and Landscape

Here is another small naturally lit and ventilated structure that engages the landscape. The wedge shape combined with the coconut color scheme creates a space that’s both cozy and strikingly monumental.

More to follow on this one...

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