river forest addition

Older homes like this one are often based on historic architectural styles with small window openings in heavy masonry walls. Our clients wanted an open, light-filled family-oriented living space that served their modern lifestyle but was also suited the style of their home while.  

We based the addition on the traditional 'orangerie', an early predecessor of the greenhouse and a common feature of refined residences since the renaissance. Traditional orangeries feature walls filled with windows and their exterior character often contrasted with the design of the main house.

Thus the orangerie was an ideal model for addition that provided a large open space, plentiful natural light and an exterior that clearly expressed its purpose.

Photography: Leslie Schwartz