River House – Wayne, IL

Resting between two forest preserves meeting the Fox River at the western edge of the property this home is inserted at the steepest slope of the site where a clear relationship to the river and the land is recognized. The intention of the landscape design is to create an obvious connection between built structure and natural environment. Working with the concept of Ha-ha garden design, concrete walls are disguised by prairie grasses on one side and exposed on the other. These concealed barriers anchor and divide the space enhancing and transforming the experience of the landscape depending on the vantage point. The journey entering the site follows a fluid drive that passes though an ornamental grass meadow, a series of free-standing concrete walls and a berm erecting a grove of River birches.

October 15, 2012