Valerio Dewalt Train Associates / Doblin House
Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
“The residence is inserted into the ruins of an early 20th century factory of which only the common brick walls remain. The street facade is defined by two galvanized metal scissors doors each 24′ across and 12′ high. The one on the left opens to reveal the garage. The one on the right opens to let the space of the garden flow out to the street. Between these two doors is a narrow garden gate.
The enclosure of the house is described by a steel frame suspended from the surrounding masonry walls and supported in the center by a grid of columns 16′ on center. Surprisingly, the frame is not flat, but warped to form a doubly curved surface which arches overhead. The interior is anchored by a bath/dressing room in one corner and the kitchen in the other. Besides these fixed objects everything else is open. The old technology of the brick masonry stands in sharp contrast to the tension expressed in the steel and glass.”
AWARD : AIA Chicago Building Honor Award.
Photos courtesy of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates.