Faculty Member Recognized at Regional & State AIA Competitions

Faculty Member Recognized at Regional & State AIA Competitions

By Kerry McCulloug...

November 4, 2015


The College of Architecture congratulates Architectural Program Director Jeffrey L. Day for his most recent design awards. His Omaha and San Francisco based architectural firm Min | Day won several distinguished honors at AIA regional and state competitions this fall for the Bucktown House, a recent project located in Chicago. The residential project was recently presented with the following awards:

Honor Award, Interior Architecture -AIA Central States Region Design Competition

Excellence Award, Interior Architecture -AIA Chicago 2015 Design Competition

Honor Award, Architectural Interiors -AIA Nebraska Design Awards

The project previously won awards from AIA San Francisco, Residential Architect Magazine, and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

“It is very gratifying when a design captures the essence a client’s desires but also brings new energy and purpose to the space you’re working with. When the client and architect trust each other, and real collaboration occurs; amazing things can happen,” comments Jeffrey L. Day. “I’m very pleased with how the project turned out and how it has been received by my peers and the design community.”

About the Bucktown House:
Located in the rapidly transitioning Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, this extensive reworking of a recently completed spec. house combines a quiet urbanity with intimate spaces, unexpected moments and a close attention to detail. Without moving a single structural wall or modifying any fenestration, Day radically changed the relationship and character of the spaces through an emphasis on custom millwork, furniture (custom-designed by the architects as well as commercial selections), nuanced lighting and an extensive art collection including commissioned works.

White oak paneling and cabinetry walls dominate the public areas and create a sense of cohesiveness from one space to another. The solid, rabbeted oak construction is detailed with warm veneer along its edges. Cleverly hidden storage and infrastructure sit behind the wood walls while hot-rolled steel animates the fireplaces, niches and shelving. The white walls and white furniture with red accents fill the oak-defined rooms.

Certain rooms deviate completely from the white oak and white paint regime such as the glossy black exercise room; red wine cellar; black, white and chrome office; and the pink bedroom. Decks on four levels and pocket gardens provide outdoor spaces with city views as well as intimate spaces for contemplation. Min | Day used Garapa wood, stained to match the interior white oak, for all exterior surfaces of the home. On the upper roof deck, these two wood selections create the appearance of continuity between the inside and outside spaces.

In the basement, a minimal oak wall with simple cabinets unites a well-stocked bar with a home a/v theater. A new stair / bench leads from the basement to an intimate and sheltered basement garden and deck. On the main level, “s” faceted oak paneled wall with a steel niche and fireplace discretely hides flues and allows natural light from a property-line window to filter through. At the touch of a button, a hidden, motorized liquor cabinet descends into the niche. A minimally-detailed oak passage with hidden doors leads to the highly-detailed kitchen and family room, dominated by backlit oak cabinet walls. This space opens out onto a terraced set of steel and wood decks that ascend to the roof of the existing garage.
New glass guardrails contain the main stairway and the oak reappears in the master bathroom and bedroom suite. In the bedroom, a secret orange desk with custom bench opens into the room. The office and pink bedroom offer additional moments of surprise on this floor.

The last flight of stairs takes the owner to a small penthouse with a bar that opens out to a covered outdoor dining area and an open deck with a tall-grass planter. The penthouse and upper deck form a continuity of indoor, semi-enclosed and outdoor spaces united by a straightforward use of wood boards.

The resulting design is a carefully orchestrated sequence of living spaces and curated art installations, including important works of contemporary photography that respond directly to the personalities of the inhabitants.
Photographs by Paul Crosby. For more on Min | Day visit http://www.minday.com