Four Houses and a Future

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January 16, 2009
When we first visited Beat Schenk and Chaewon Kim two years ago, they were in the process of building the second house on what has turned into a Cambridge compound. Four houses later, we find that while much has changed, Schenk and Kim’s expansive will has not. Read Full Article
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  The wooden stairwell in the center of X-Small provides a pivot point from which the rest of the house rotates. The floor is Carrara marble bought from Olympia Marble and Home Depot.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    The wooden stairwell in the center of X-Small provides a pivot point from which the rest of the house rotates. The floor is Carrara marble bought from Olympia Marble and Home Depot.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Medium’s master bedroom is outfitted with a claw-foot tub.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    Medium’s master bedroom is outfitted with a claw-foot tub.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  The overgrown boardwalk leading up to Medium’s entrance feels more Martha’s Vineyard than North Cambridge.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    The overgrown boardwalk leading up to Medium’s entrance feels more Martha’s Vineyard than North Cambridge.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  A view of Small from the front which connects to Medium by way of a translucent Polygal corridor.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    A view of Small from the front which connects to Medium by way of a translucent Polygal corridor.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Schenk discovered native flagstone in the basement of Large when they tore away the old wood wall lining, and fell in love with its rough and cool exterior.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    Schenk discovered native flagstone in the basement of Large when they tore away the old wood wall lining, and fell in love with its rough and cool exterior.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  A resident sits in a corner of X-Small, which looks out at nothing but nature—even though the neighboring house is only several feet away. Triangular skylights made from 3/4"-thick tempered glass appear on the corner of each floor of X-Small; they were custom-made at Hub Glass Services in Somerville, Massachusetts.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    A resident sits in a corner of X-Small, which looks out at nothing but nature—even though the neighboring house is only several feet away. Triangular skylights made from 3/4"-thick tempered glass appear on the corner of each floor of X-Small; they were custom-made at Hub Glass Services in Somerville, Massachusetts.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  The bathroom features a rain showerhead available at Home Depot Expo.  p. 194  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    The bathroom features a rain showerhead available at Home Depot Expo. p. 194

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Schenk, Kim, and Kaewlai chat outside of X-Small, standing on the reclaimed wood used to build the boardwalks that connect all four properties. The translucent corridor connecting Small and Medium illuminates the common space throughout the evening.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    Schenk, Kim, and Kaewlai chat outside of X-Small, standing on the reclaimed wood used to build the boardwalks that connect all four properties. The translucent corridor connecting Small and Medium illuminates the common space throughout the evening.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Schenk, Kim, and Peeradorn Kaewlai (their friend and tenant) outside X-Small, the final piece of Schenk and Kim’s design puzzle, and hopefully their new home. Windows are strategically placed to maximize light and privacy.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    Schenk, Kim, and Peeradorn Kaewlai (their friend and tenant) outside X-Small, the final piece of Schenk and Kim’s design puzzle, and hopefully their new home. Windows are strategically placed to maximize light and privacy.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  A translucent Polygal corridor separates Small and Medium.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    A translucent Polygal corridor separates Small and Medium.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Schenk and Kaewlai on the second floor of Large, where Schenk eliminated the attic and several walls to create a more fluid and open space.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    Schenk and Kaewlai on the second floor of Large, where Schenk eliminated the attic and several walls to create a more fluid and open space.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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