The Cortland Residence is a 7,800 s.f., 3 level home located in a dense urban neighborhood for working parents and their two children.   

The house was designed to provide privacy and solitude for the Owners by creating a strong connection between interior and visually protected exterior spaces.  Two courtyards act as organizing elements and the focus for the interior.  Privacy is achieved by the arrangement of building forms which block vision from the street.  Courtyard walls are defined by planes of glass, cedar and wood panels. 

In the main courtyard, water elements create a focus and patio space is positioned next to the family room which is able to expand to the exterior by opening a folding glass wall.

With a double lot (49’) site, the house matches the height of smaller neighbors and the building form broken down into discrete volumes to realize a similar scale.  


Residential Architecture



Single Family Residence


Completed Construction 2009


Chicago, Ilinois

Project Team

Peter Nicholas
Matthew Winter
Jacob Wahler
Janeen Harrell
Oren Shoemaker
Ann Clark

Design/Build Contractor 

NCA Build, Ltd. 

General Contractor

Fricano Construction Company

Structural Engineer 

The Structural Shop

MEP Engineer

Quest Design Group


The Association of Licensed Architects 2010 Design Awards, Gold Award

Luxe Interiors + Design, Summer 2010


Linda Oyama Bryan