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May Street Live+Work
Chicago, Illinois

Living and home-office zones of the single family house are separated by a recycled-masonry enclosed prairie landscape courtyard. Both sides of the first floor are designed as masonry load-bearing boxes, and both sides of the second floor are designed as steel boxes infilled with aluminum storefront windows to maximize light. The home-office zone is designed as an open loft and is positioned adjacent to the public sidewalk. The second floor of the live-zone is set-back to allow more light into the courtyard, create a greenroof patio and provide cover for the parking area.