Chicago, Illinois


This project is a landscape design in Bucktown. The owners purchased a lot next to their home and the design direction was to create a yard and play space for their family. Program requirements included a sport court, space for entertaining, and a two-car garage with glass doors that face the yard.

The design is divided into four zones: terrace, sport court, garden, and garage.The terrace is located on a concrete plinth with metal railings and integrated LED lighting. This space offers raised views of the garden and sport court and acts as a buffer between the garage and the garden. The plinth is accessed by floating steps that balance the weight of the concrete and wrap the wall to provide bench seating for the sport court. Integrated terrace planting beds feature Whitespire birch trees. A wood and steel pergola provides shade at the terrace lounge.

The sport court and garden are enclosed by a cedar fence and hornbeam trees and are flanked at opposing ends by concrete and CorTen steel. The effect is a rich interplay of textures and surfaces that maintains privacy and security. Synthetic turf between the sport court and garden wall provides a low-maintenance surface for recreation.

From the terrace, the sport court and garden appear sunken, and a series of bold angles created by concrete, steel and lush plantings draws one’s eye deep in the yard to promote a sense of park-like space.