Explorations The Architecture of John Ronan Foreword by Toshiko Mori
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Chicago Princeton Architectural Press New York
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Foreword Toshiko Mori
Interview with John Ronan by Robert McAnulty A Chicago Architect Brad Lynch
House on the Edge of a Forest
Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School
Perth Amboy High School
The Old Post Office
House on the Lake
Gary Comer Youth Center
Impermanence 148 152
Yale Steam Laundry
Urban Model High School
House on the Edge of a Forest (2000â€“2001) Northbrook, Illinois
Situated on the edge of a forest preserve, this house explores the relationship between site, material, and program. The property is urban on one side but falls away toward a forest preserve on the other, yielding a building with two distinct characters: a low, private facade in front and an all-glass, two-story wall in the rear. Careful placement of the windows on the sides of the house maintains the illusion of solitude. Bearing walls made from concrete block whose surface is ground to expose its limestone aggregate provide order within the house. These walls create a formal entry court on the exterior and serve as organizing devices on the interior, dividing the space into
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separate zones for service, living, and sleeping. The bearing walls also provide display space for the ownerâ€™s art collection. The neutral surfaces of the house change character throughout the year, depending on the color of light reflecting off the trees: green in summer, orange and yellow in fall, and white in winter.
32’ Lower-level plan
Sketch of house/landscape interface
Views of the forest become a painting by implication, whose colors shift with the changing seasons. Living spaces cantilever out into the trees to increase the sense of proximity to nature.
Section through courtyard
Published on Jun 30, 2011
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