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Metamorphosis

Location: Riverwoods, Illinois

Project Type: Residential

Completion: In Progress

Strict floodplain regulations prohibited new construction on their lot, but the renovation budget exceeded the cost of building new. We explored a ‘both-and’ solution. We designed a new home to sit on top of the existing concrete foundation.

To maintain privacy and openness to a beautifully landscaped yard, we opened up the first floor to the outdoors, and encased the second floor in a wood skin. Rather than punching openings through the wood skin as holes, the skin opened in key locations, alternating opaque and transparent.