This single-family home is nestled in a bucolic setting along a wooded ravine. Emphasis was put on a natural landscape, so its traditional lawn was replaced with plantings of wildflowers and prairie grasses. Designed for an aging-in-place lifestyle, the architecture was limited to a single-story. The modern designed home features a central mechanical volume at its core, surrounded on all sides by living spaces that face the outdoors. Its unique exterior is clad in black corrugated-metal interwoven with wood
lattice at its main entry points. The interior features floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, custom millwork, a wood burning fireplace and a large kitchen. Feature stories on the project appeared in Chicago magazine, Dezeen magazine and Crain’s Chicago Business. The design was honored with an award from the American Institute of Architects.
Architect: Wheeler Kearns Architects
Photography: Tom Rossiter Photography