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Tower House in Chicago Raises the Bar for Small House Design
Posted By Andrew Michler On October 11, 2010 @ 3:00 pm In Architecture,Green Building | 2 Comments
This little house  in Chicago was designed to offer big views while maintaining a high degree of energy efficiency throughout the year. The project takes all the living spaces, stacks them up, and caps the home off with a sweet rooftop deck. Architect Rick Phillips  designed the home for himself with a clean modernist line in mind. Wrapped in a steel frame on an incredibly small .038 acre site, the Tower House proves how much living you can get from a modest footprint .
The cozy 1,152 square-foot home tucks parking underneath and provides access via a 10 x 10 stairway chase adjacent to the home’s steel girded box form. The second floor makes up the bedrooms, and the third is the living space with a European-inspired kitchen . The rooftop deck completes the home and it has a retractable sunscreen to help cool the deck and interior on a hot afternoon.
The stack effect and awning windows facilitate natural ventilation, providing a cooling breeze . A glass wall on the third floor projects the space out, affording a view of the city and letting sunlight warm the home in the winter. The overall simplicity in form and function serves to enhances the home with comfortable, user-friendly spaces and a killer view, resulting in a slew of awards  for the project.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/towerhouse-lead01.jpg
 little house: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/08/04/lucky-drops-is-a-lantern-like-japanese-micro-home/
 Rick Phillips: http://www.frederickphillips.com/residential/tower/02.html?navid=work
 modest footprint: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/26/amazing-showa-cho-micro-house-is-only-ten-feet-wide-inside/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/11/tower-house-in-chicago-raises-the-bar-for-small-house-design/new-3-79/
 kitchen: http://inhabitat.com/products-2/kitchen/
 cooling breeze: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=natural+cooling
 awards: http://www.frederickphillips.com/residential/tower/info.html?navid=work
 + Fredrick Phillips and Associates: http://www.frederickphillips.com/residential/tower/01.html?navid=work
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