brininstool + lynch, chicago
A well-designed stair is seldom merely a means of moving from one floor to another. But even by that standard, this one is a notable overachiever. Occupying a space that extends from the front of a deep, narrow townhouse-form residence to the rear, it conveys not only people, but also light, air, and even structural stresses in the building frame.
“It’s the spine through the entire house,” observed one of our judges, “and you peel off at various landings and other events.” A landing midway between the main and lower levels comprises a compact entry hall. Open risers filter light from windows at the front and rear of the house and facilitate natural ventilation. By bridging the three-story opening, the stair’s welded steel frame helps stabilize the building’s long side wall. “Cleanly done,” declared another judge, who called the stair “the most important organizing element of the house.”
(See more on this project, which also won a Merit award in the Custom / More Than 3,000 Square Feet category.)
principal in charge / project architect: Brad Lynch, Brininstool + Lynch, http://www.brininstool-lynch.com
general contractor: Jake Goldberg, Goldberg General Contracting, Chicago, http://www.ggcinc.net
project size: 4,250 square feet; site size: 0.09 acre
construction cost: $389 per square foot
photography: Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing
bathroom fittings: KWC America www.kwcamerica.com, Vola A/S www.vola.dk; bathroom fixtures: Kohler Co. www.kohler.com, TOTO USA www.totousa.com; cooktop, dishwasher, oven/range: Gaggenau www.gaggenau.com/US_en/Home.do; countertops, kitchen cabinets: Arclinea Chicago www.arclineachicago.com; doors, windows: Hope's Windows www.hopeswindows.com; exterior siding: RHEINZINK America us.rheinzink.de; flooring (carpet): Shaw Industries www.shawfloors.com; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Ann Sacks Tile & Stone www.annsacks.com/home.html, Stone Source www.stonetechonline.com/main.htm; flooring (wood): The Bahr Co. www.thebahrco.com; garage doors: Overhead Door Corp. www.overheaddoor.com; garbage disposer: In-Sink-Erator www.insinkerator.com/isejsp/index.jsp; hardware: Accurate Lock and Hardware www.accuratelockandhardware.com/main.asp, d line North America www.dline.com, Forms+Surfaces www.forms-surfaces.com, RIXSON Specialty Door Controls www.rixson.com, Schlage Lock Co. www.schlage.com; insulation: CertainTeed Corp. www.certainteed.com, Johns Manville www.jm.com; kitchen fittings: KWC America www.kwcamerica.com; kitchen fixtures: Foster Custom Kitchens www.fostercustomkitchens.com; lighting fixtures: BEGA/US www.bega-us.com, B-K Lighting www.bklighting.com/index1.html, Gammalux Systems www.gammalux.com, Lucifer Lighting Co. www.luciferlighting.com, Nulite Lighting www.nulite-lighting.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co. www.benjaminmoore.com; radiant floor heating system: Uponor (WIRSBO) www.wirsbo.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero www.subzero.com; roofing: CertainTeed Corp. www.certainteed.com; skylights/roof windows: Panelite www.e-panelite.com
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