Thayer Brick House

Located in the suburbs of Chicago, this modest sized courtyard house is wrapped almost entirely in brick. Chicago “Common” brick was chosen because they look different from typical red bricks – a result of the geological composition of the indigenous Lake Michigan clay and the way in which it is fired.

Its variegations and irregularities made “Common” bricks cheap and an abundant resource—a prosaic building material used in places generally obscured from the street such as side and back walls, chimney flues, and structural support behind facades.

Conversely, the brick here is featured as a prominent design element. The street façade is organized in vertical twisting columns to create an ever-changing pattern of opening and closing as light moves across and thru the facades.
As the viewer passes by the home, the façade creates a moire-like pattern that appears to be constantly in motion.

Depending on one’s location, the porous courtyard façade courtyard can appear open and welcoming while also feeling closed and private.
Light seeping through the brickwork produces a shifting geometric pattern of light and shadow that alters throughout the day.
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PROJECT Thayer Brick House
ARCHITECTS Brooks + Scarpa
YEAR 2018
PHOTO Marty Peters and Brooks + Scarpa