Chicago architect Jeanne Gang is, in our opinion, a master of the screen. Her firm's Maisonette loft (which we profiled on Apartment Therapy) was elegantly divided by glass and steel screens, while the more recent Brick Weave House is enclosed by a screen made of masonry.
The idea for the brick screen grew out of the homeowner's frustrated attempts to restore their property. The structure had been damaged long ago by fire and neglect, and renovation required big chunks of the home to be cut away. As empty space emerged, Studio Gang envisioned a new way of framing the house to create a walled garden.
The woven brick screen provides shelter from Chicago's harsh winter weather, allowing plants to grow year-round. It also creates privacy for the glass-walled house and filters sunlight into geometric patterns on the walls.