JGMA was hired to develop a 5 acre site in Naperville, Illinois. This triangular site is anything but a typical suburban lot; containing preserved wetlands, mature vegetation isolating the site from neighbors and serene views from all points of the house.
The house was designed to have two distinct elevations, one creating a mysterious facade from the street and the other opening up to the wetlands. The east elevation is treated as a shell which then frames views in all directions to the west. The lower level is designed for the daughter, the upper level for the mother and the tree house designed as a retreat for the mother. This tree house elevates the living environment into the trees, giving a different experience than the other two levels. The house also incorporates three distinct terraces, all offering a separate view into nature