House on the Edge of a Forest
Citation of Merit
- Division: Residential
- Location: Northbrook, IL
- Architect: John Ronan Architect
- Client: Margot & Dan Kaplan
- General contractor: Fraser Construction
This house for a family of four explores the relationship between site, material, and program in a domestic environment. The building's discreet street fašade gives way to floor-to-ceiling glass at the house's rear to offer views from each room into the adjacent forest. Masonry walls form the house's structure and divide it into living zones: service, relaxation, sleeping; the walls continue outside to create an entry court and terrace. The scale and detail of the home is in scale with its neighbors, jurors felt. They also felt the building was well-thought out – the large gallery can combine the owners' love of art with their way of life.