As part of a team led by Yas Architects, Conservation Design Forum provided integrated water-based landscape architecture and site engineering design for a green housing development in the Village of Highland Park. The plan for Lake Cook Courts fosters a sense of community through clustering a series of seventeen homes along a narrow brick lane and parking courts, with all of the houses oriented toward a contiguous, naturalized open space. A range of home sizes and orientations are clustered in the layout, which includes the preservation and restoration of an 1885 farmhouse as well as two affordable homes as prescribed by Highland Park's Affordable Housing Policy. The open space around the homes combines ornamental and naturalized landscapes, including a series of water gardens that provide an integrated rainwater management system. All of the paved surfaces are interlocking concrete pavers, engineered to slow, cool, and infiltrate rainwater. Bioswales will further treat and utilize rainwater, avoiding downstream discharge.
location: Highland Park, Illinois
client: Lake Cook Courts, LLC
Native Landscape Systems
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