The Parks Residence
Oakbrook, Illinois

The goal of this project was to design a house that reflects the building sensibility of the Midwest, yet brings it into a contemporary context. It was meant to be a new, and modern, approach to regional architecture, not emulate or imitate an existing vernacular.

Located on a secluded lot in Oakbrook, Illinois, the building was designed to take full advantage of the spectacular views of the heavily wooded three-acre site. Built on the northwest corner of the property to minimize any impact on the site, the home incorporates large expanses of glass and exterior terraces to make the most of the landscape’s natural resources (which includes a stream that runs adjacent to the home and abundant wildlife). The u-shaped plan of the building, and the way it is sited, also creates a large yet intimate rear yard that captures the sun for much of the day. Natural materials such as Wisconsin stone, copper and stained cedar, maple and Douglas fir are used as both interior and exterior finishes to further reinforce the connection between the outside and inside. The owners are avid horticulturalists, and the ample glass and southern exposure provides daylight for the ongoing display of ornamental plants, which are periodically rotated with other plants from an adjacent greenhouse. The greenhouse also contains a sitting room for meditation.

The subtle angles used to refine the proportions of rooms and define the rooflines of this home lend all of its spaces character and individuality.

The Brooks Building,   223 W Jackson Blvd.  Suite 1000,  Chicago, Illinois 60606        T 312.362.0180        F 312.362.0112