Empty nesters moving to Springfield from suburban Chicago with a desire to live on Lake Springfield due to a love of water sports, namely sailing, compelled this design that envisioned a house cut into a hillside taking advantages of natural light from all directions. The project would have removed an existing unassuming house built as new construction in the 1980’s that made no reference to the lake.
The design creates a series of pavilions connected by flat roofed areas that are vegetated. The entry provides a dramatic path over a bridge in turn over an open courtyard allowing views through the house to the lake. Cutting the house into the hillside with retaining walls on 3 sides helped form two distinct open courtyards on the north side allowing natural light into the lower level.