Located on a third of an acre within the Chatham Arch Neighborhood, 11 blocks north of Monument Circle, Indianapolis, stands a contemporary new home that redefines urban infill architecture. Pulling from the context of the surrounding homes, the City Cottage, through key visual connections, honors the past while writing its own future. The Cottage’s north façade evokes a strong vertical presence, creating a relation to the repetitive cadence of surrounding properties’ masonry piers. A strong layer of privacy is formed through its mass while peeling away to large expanses of glazing, intended for view sheds, both inward and outward. Along with its vertical connections, City Cottage respects the horizontal elements from the neighborhood, adding to the rhythm of the streetscape, specifically the eaves and elevated floor lines.
Implementing a simple footprint, a functional layout was conceived by focusing the core functions of a home at the center. These functional spaces, anchored by “transitions” allowed for the common spaces to flow between each other, a void was cut from the footprint, providing a private, vegetated, urban courtyard sheltered from the street by the stair massing, steel gate, and cedar wood fence. Within, a Zen-like plunge pool situates itself at the corner of the court, visually connecting itself to multiple areas of the cottage’s interiors and becoming a welcome feature to the guests. Over-side glazing elements, natural light was maximized, infiltrating deep within the interior of the cottage. The visual openness and centralized courtyard allowed the cottage to blur the boundaries of exterior and interior, creating a peaceful respite within the urban setting of Indianapolis.
Photography: Lesle Lane | Studio 13 Advertising Photography