MAS Context Spring Talks 2021
Domestic Explorations:
Ardmore House + Columbus House 1


 

Architects Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow (Kwong Von Glinow) and Grant Gibson (CAMESgibson) lectured as part of MAS Context’s 2021 Spring Talks series.

 

Domestic Explorations: Ardmore House + Columbus House 1

 

Domestic Explorations: Ardmore House + Columbus House 1 examines two recently completed residential projects in Chicago and Columbus, Indiana. These homes are the first ground up projects for the Chicago-based architecture offices of Kwong Von Glinow and CAMESgibson respectively.

The Ardmore House, a single-family house located on a typical Chicago lot, flips the programmatic status quo of the typical domestic section. This approach supports contemporary ways of living, emphasizing communal areas, interconnectivity, and flexible live-work spaces that receive ample natural light and engage the surrounding urban context. A curved double-height atrium runs lengthwise from front to back doors, creating an interior courtyard that vertically connects the common areas on the first and second floors. Defined by a large picture window and a curving wall, the courtyard offers an informal multi-purpose area where residents can relax and their children can play.

Just a few inches over seven feet tall, the modest Columbus House 1 introduces new affordable housing stock in the center of the small community with a world-renowned portfolio of Midcentury Modern architecture. Designed and constructed to have a mortgage payment that is affordable to those earning the national median household annual income of $61,000, the house has less than 1,000 sf of conditioned living space. With a sunken floor level, inset windows (with coordinated sight lines), a large skylight (allowing natural light deep into the plan), and a pinkish cream interior color produce a surprisingly expansive interior. While there are a number of subtle references to nearby iconic buildings in this home’s composition, none are as critical to the project’s success as the contradiction between how the building appears from afar and is experienced from within.

During this event, Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow (Kwong Von Glinow) and Grant Gibson (CAMESgibson) presented the explorations, motivations, and obsessions behind the designs.

 

Suggested readings

Chef’s Table – Massimo Bottura (Netflix, Season 1).

Jeffrey Kipnis, A Question of Qualities: Essays in Architecture (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2013).

Mark Cousin, Where is Everyday Life? (AA School of Architecture, 2012).

Grant Gibson, A Performed Memoir (Chicago: Graham Foundation, 2015).

Grant Gibson, “Introducing the Black Bird”, MAS Context, Issue 32, 2020.

 

Ardmore House, Kwong Von Glinow, Chicago, 2020. © James Florio.

 

Ardmore House, Kwong Von Glinow, Chicago, 2020. © James Florio.

 

Ardmore House, Kwong Von Glinow, Chicago, 2020. © James Florio.

 

Columbus House 1, CAMESgibson, Columbus, Indiana, 2020. © Adam Reynolds.

 

Columbus House 1, CAMESgibson, Columbus, Indiana, 2020. © Adam Reynolds.

 

Columbus House 1, CAMESgibson, Columbus, Indiana, 2020. © Adam Reynolds.

 


 

Kwong Von Glinow is an award-winning architecture practice based in Chicago founded in 2017 by Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow on the belief that architecture is meant to be enjoyed. The practice builds the thoroughly enjoyable from the slightly familiar. Their work translates forward-looking architectural concepts into playful designs with broad appeal. Taking an optimistic and explorative approach, KVG focuses on creating innovative living environments, places for cultural engagement, urban public space, and contemporary workspaces. Kwong Von Glinow are recipients of the 2018 Architectural League Prize of New York for Young Architects, have received a Graham Foundation Grant for their project Smuggling Architecture exhibited at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, Switzerland, and have been selected for the inaugural commission for the Designing a Better Chicago Pavilion along the Chicago Riverwalk for their project Give me a minute, please!
www.kwongvonglinow.com | @kwongvonglinow

Grant Gibson is a Chicago-based educator, registered architect, and founding principal of CAMESgibson, an architecture and design practice committed to creating culturally compelling work. His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Graham Foundation, the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Architectural Center, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The Schiff Foundation awarded Gibson its 2004 fellowship as Chicago’s top architectural graduate. A decade later, the Chicago Architecture Club named him a winner of the Emerging Vision Prize. In 2015, Architectural Record featured CAMESgibson as one of five promising practices in Chicago’s future. New City has considered him among the fifty most important architects and designers operating in the city. In 2018, Gibson was named one of five international emerging designers in AN Interior. In each of the past two years, projects by CAMESgibson have received Citations of Merit in AIA Chicago’s Small Projects Awards.
www.camesgibson.com | @CAMESgibson



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