Wade Ziperstein

Goodsell Residence

Great Room and Master Bedroom Addition

This Chicago client wanted to build a rear addition to his English brick cottage to accommodate a great room and, above it, a master suite.

The result is a contemporary 1,200 square foot addition, historically rooted through its vernacular form and use of materials. The roof is steeply pitched using an aluminum clad structure. The gutters, not visible from the ground, are integrated into the roof to create a crisp edge. On the exterior, a rainscreen of weatherproof wood veneer panel adds warmth and richness to the design. A large, three-paned window overlooks the garden. A translucent acrylic light box, which allows for evening illumination, sits on a concrete hearth/window seat that visually extends to the exterior and holds an outdoor grill.

The combination of high ceilings, well-placed windows, and the ability to have different types of lighting fulfills the client’s request for a small addition that ties into the original home and has a lot of light and openness.

  • Awards:
  • AIA Chicago Small Project Award
  • Publications:
  • Chicago Home+Garden Magazine, March/April 2008
  • Focus, AIA Chicago Magazine, October 2006

My Role: Project Architect

Architect: Florian Architects

Photographer: Kate Roth

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Project Sheet PDF