Grounded in Modernism

Long Grove, Illinois / United States of America

Rigorous parameters shaped the design of this weekend residence, three pavilions which create a dramatic, single-story house for three generations of family.

The main pavilion is the epicenter; everything social happens: cooking, dining, lounging. "It's visually the most beautiful and physically the most comfortable part of the house; everybody wants to be there."

Along its Southern exposure opens large sliding glass doors which instantly wipe out any boundary between indoors and out. A dramatically cantilevered steel and Ipe brise-soliel modulates the hot sun and provides shade to an elevated terrace.

To the North, horizontal steel shelves run in front of a channel glass wall backlighting the Grand Space alongside a muscular in-situ architectural concrete wall placed for privacy.

The second pavilion is elevated following the site's natural contours housing the Master Suite whereas the third is for guests to lounge, daydream, retire or to descend to the exercise room which opens up to the midnight blue swimming pool.

The residence is simple, honest and tactile; a warmly textured palette of natural materials: lead coated copper, channel glass, mahogany, steel and architectural concrete. But perhaps its most successful in its ethereal quality, its ability to remain agile and gentle.

Architect of record

Thomas Shafer
Thomas Shafer Architects LLC
939 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, il 60202, United States
Phone: 8474241800
Fax: 8474241801

General contractor

Matthew Ehrhard
Hewitt Horn, Inc.
400 North Paulina Street
Chicago, Il 60622, United States
Phone: 312.850.8000
Fax: 312.850.8444

Consultant 1

Mark Allsup
Mark S. Allsup Landscape Architect
2800 North Pine Grove, 8E
Chicago, IL 60657, United States
Phone: 773.477.0726
Fax: 773.447.0262

Consultant 2

Jessica Lagrange
Jessica Lagrange Interiors LLC
216 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Phone: 312.751.8727
Fax: 312.751.8728

Consultant 3

Jim Kirk
Enspect Engineering, Inc.
8300 Mississippi Street
Merrillville, IN 46410, United States
Phone: 219.736.6002
Fax: 219.736.6003

Consultant 4

Jim Bess
Building Engineering Systems
444 N. Wells, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Phone: 312.836.0595
Fax: 312.836.0596


Steve Hall
Hedrich Blessing
400 North Peoria Street
Chicago, Il 60642, United States
Phone: 312.491.1101
Fax: 312.491.1112