Morgan Street Live/Work

A couple lives and works in harmony in Chicago. The design of the buildings was driven by the desire to access the landscape on both the ground floor (office) and second floor (home). So the landscape was lifted by mounding (un-recyclable) debris and excavated soil from an on-site run-down grocery store that required immediate demolition. Then the residential “bar” was raised and rotated to access the crest of the prairie grass-planted recycled-materials mound, giving the residence a direct connection to the landscape. The second floor is a prefabricated structural bridge, which connects the mound to an extensive green-roof, which covers the office. The office “bar” is faced with a perforated Corten rain screen that allows for daylight and privacy, and provides a resilient material that can withstand the wear and tear of street life. Raw aluminum panels wrap the remainder of most facades - the panels fold cleanly around corners without additional detailing. The site is off the stormwater grid: rain filters through the roofs, flows onto and around the mound, and into a large gravel French-drain. Greenhouses operated by a neighborhood restaurant tap the drain.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Gardens, and Grass. Office on ground floor, dwelling above Photo  of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Office on ground floor, dwelling above

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, and Grass. Dwelling connects green roof to mound Photo 2 of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Dwelling connects green roof to mound

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, and Stone Patio, Porch, Deck. Joint between live and work units Photo 3 of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Joint between live and work units

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, and Rooftop. Live unit truss was prefabricated Photo 4 of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Live unit truss was prefabricated

Modern home with Living Room and Bookcase. Bookcase behind structural prefab truss Photo 5 of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Bookcase behind structural prefab truss

Modern home with Living Room, Wood Burning Fireplace, Hanging Fireplace, and Chair. Fireorb hovers above white epoxy concrete floor  Photo 6 of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Fireorb hovers above white epoxy concrete floor

Modern home with Outdoor, Hardscapes, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, and Back Yard. Recycled material mound below dwelling unit Photo 7 of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Recycled material mound below dwelling unit

Modern home with Outdoor, Grass, and Back Yard. Door from dwelling unit to mound Photo 8 of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Door from dwelling unit to mound

Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, and Front Yard. Street facade Photo 9 of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Street facade

Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, and Trees. Facade made with Corten steel Photo 10 of Morgan Street Live/WorkView Photos

Facade made with Corten steel

Morgan Street Live/Work plans Photo 11 of Morgan Street Live/Work modern homeView Photos

Morgan Street Live/Work plans

Credits

Posted By
Architect
Interior Design
Landscape Design
  • Intrinsic Landscape
Builder
Photographer
  • Matthew Messner

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2011
  • Square Feet
  • 3000
  • Press

    Awards