Designed for a couple with grown children and their families, High Ridge House is a collection of five volumes in the rolling wooded landscape of western Illinois. The project explores unique combinations of a pure geometry - the gable volume - and takes full advantage of the configurations and intersections these combinations afford. The volumes are arranged to provide separation and privacy, while simultaneously allowing for openness and views. Each volume houses a particular activity such as sleeping, dining, and living which can be engaged in a variety of ways depending on guests. Separated by the main gathering spaces, the master suite is located in the westernmost volume while the guest spaces are to the east.
The site sensitive materials are not only meant to fit appropriately within the natural site, but also reinforce the pure geometries of the gable volumes. Grey cedar shingles wrap the exterior walls and roofs, and notch around stone foundation walls providing openings for expansive views of the landscape. The gable roofs serve as an iconic and pure form, as well as mitigate the large amounts of snowfall each winter. Glazing is used minimally and strategically (less than 8% of the total enclosure) to provide both strategic access to views and light, but also to more efficiently control interior temperature.