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Eifler Associates

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.

URL
http://www.eiflerassociates.com/Parks%20Residence.htm#

What Houzz contributors are saying:

This house in Oakbrook (not Oak Park), Illinois, certainly owes a debt to Wright, yet it moves away from that influence with larger expanses of glass and a verticality that balances the strong roofline.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

sblengeri added this to Exterior and Roof
February 22, 2014
Like the roofline
virginiadjr added this to La Donna
January 27, 2014
Exterior
clwilliamson added this to style
December 6, 2013
Beautiful. Roofline plus 2 story.
hdiedrich added this to hdiedrich's Ideas
August 31, 2013
Wood,stone and glass
mjneumark added this to mjneumark's ideas
April 24, 2013
modern house
Jenny Jones Rugs added this to jennyjonesrugs's ideas
April 4, 2013
Farm
communikates added this to steamboat
July 20, 2012
like angle of roof and stone
wwoodard added this to wwoodard's ideas
May 30, 2012
flying
evgoodrich added this to evgoodrich's ideas
April 6, 2012
Wright modern
jgarfin added this to jgarfin's Favorites
November 23, 2011
Exterior
sefac added this to sefac's ideas
November 13, 2011
Balance of materials
maacoope added this to maacoope's Favorites
October 16, 2011
Stone and wood
kimberlyfawn added this to Exteriors
October 5, 2011
vertical balance to horizontal roof
Paul Someson Jr. added this to someson99's ideas
October 5, 2011
This house in Oakbrook (not Oak Park), Illinois, certainly owes a debt to Wright, yet it moves away from that influence with larger expanses of glass and a verticality that balances the strong roofline.
dawnk added this to dawnk's ideas
August 28, 2011
good roof line for us
jenfabri added this to outside
April 24, 2011
reminds me of the one in wilmette
warkec added this to warkec's ideas
November 3, 2010
exterior
carzoli added this to carzoli's ideas
August 3, 2010
Fallingwater windows.
Brad added this to exterior
September 30, 2009
style
jeizele delos reyes go added this to jeizele's ideas
August 29, 2009
exterior,wooden fascia
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