We are currently working on a new project near downtown Highland Park, Illinois which is a unique house type for the area. The name of the project is Case Study Houses 2111, inspired by the ground breaking program initiated by Arts and Architecture magazine in 1945 which produced experimental modern prototypes during America's post-World War II housing boom. We share the spirit of these visionary thinkers and are committed to a reductive, yet experimental residential design and construction. We are also committed to energy efficiency, sustainability and durability. The project contains 4 single family residences in a tight configuration around a center auto court.
The project consists of 4 single family residences constructed of low or no maintenance materials, manageable and usable gardens, and ease of access for both residents and visitors. The houses are pushed to the edges of the site, and private outdoor rooms are created and extend adjacent interior spaces. These private indoor/outdoor spaces are protected by an 8' tall brick wall which protect these spaces which allows for expanses of picture windows and doors and free flowing open plans. Views are directed toward controlled space, while screening view from adjacent neighbors.
Floor plans are designed for all walks of life, but with special attention paid to the aging in place population. first floors are located at grade level for easy access and contain the usual living, dining, kitchen and mudroom that one would expect, but also the laundry room and master suites with double bathrooms and closets. Additional bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the upper level. The houses are between 3,300 and 3,500 square feet with an additional 1,200 square feet of unfinished basement.
Located within two blocks of downtown Highland Park and the Metra Link to downtown Chicago, all goods and services imaginable are located within a short walk. Use of the automobile is minimized, however plenty of resident and visitor parking is provided with a 2 car garage per house and 6 additional open visitor spaces.
The project is being developed by Domain 3 LLC, which consists of myself and my good friends Cary Kerbel and Candace Casey. Both Candace and Cary have a long track record of producing successful and well designed residential developments. I have worked with both Candace and Cary for decades while they were working for other companies and their vast knowledge brings a tremendous amount of depth to the development team.
We are currently in the process of gaining zoning approval for the project, so we cannot disclose the exact location as of yet, but we will be releasing more information over the coming weeks as the design is being refined.
If you are interested in the project and would like to be contacted when more information is available, please contact