District House is an $19.7 million mixed-use boutique condominium project located in the Village of Oak Park.
Seattle-based Miller Hull and Chicago-based Northworks bring sophisticated and simple living to Oak Park. The design of District House emerged from a close study of Oak Park and its architectural heritage. It was here that Frank Lloyd Wright developed the Prairie School of Architecture, which placed a strong emphasis on the horizontal, evoking the broad plains of the American Midwest. The project sits several blocks from the Unity Temple and Wright’s Home and Studio.
District House is broken down into a series of crystalline lanterns offset by more solid masonry cores. The lanterns house the shared family spaces in each unit—the kitchen, dining and living areas—while the masonry cores house the private spaces—the bedrooms, baths, support and service spaces. Deep floor overhangs wrap the lanterns providing weather protection for the floor-to-ceiling window walls and significantly reducing solar heat gain in summer months. The lanterns mark the corners of the building and draw special emphasis to the intersection of Lake and Euclid, achieving the ‘eastern gateway’ goal called for in the Lake Street Master Plan. The ground floor commercial spaces are deeply recessed below the overhanging floor above providing ample shelter for retail uses that activate the sidewalk and define a new urban outdoor space marking the gateway to Lake Street commercial district.
The residential component is comprised of 28 spacious condominiums. The project is pursuing LEED for Homes certification.