Modern Ravine Residence
Highland Park, Illinois
Located on a private street near Lake Michigan, this new single family residence is flanked by two ravines to the north and south. The open floor plan embraces the landscape and provides expansive views to the yards and ravines beyond. The plan is defined by public and private spaces separated with a floating staircase and floor-to-ceiling glass. Exterior living spaces are a full extension of the interior, with casual and formal lounging and dining areas, separated by a reflecting pond that is centered with the interior floating stair. The design is modern in massing, but is context appropriate with its use of traditional building materials: steel and glass windows, wood siding, stucco, and stone.