A Design Partner and architect at SOM, Walter Netsch employed the same level of design ingenuity in his own home as he did his major projects. A champion of Brutalism and field theory, his fractal-like designs relied on geometry and program, intricately fitting form to function. Netsch House’s original design was a deceptively simple box from the outside, but featured many interior levels and platforms, connected by open-riser stairs, creating a wonderful spatial richness within. After Walter’s wife passed away in 2013, the new owners brought in the SOM design team to return the house, in spirit, to its original beauty. The SOM team worked with the new owners to sensitively adapt or renew selective elements of the structure. New appliances and cabinetry were added to a well-worn kitchen. A continuous 40-foot walnut counter and shelf were installed to recall the long linear service bar. The half bath was renewed with new counters, lighting and a cleverly concealed water closet. Below, tile work and counters refresh the existing master bathroom configuration. In keeping with the open concept, concealed sliding doors at the bath and master bedroom area were designed and installed for privacy. All gypsum board and concrete block surfaces were painted a soft white to celebrate the beautiful natural lighting from the skylights above. Original green painted and natural wood trim were retained. Flooring and stair treads were restored or replaced as needed and “helper” white painted blocks were added to make the stairs less daunting. Classic and contemporary furniture pieces were selected to create a new ambiance appropriate to the space. An SOM-designed custom sofa forms an edge to the living platform and anchors that social space. Above the sofa, the large uncovered wall acts as a backdrop for commissioned site-specific projected digital art by Luftwerks.