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Case Study Houses 2111

Nicholas Design Collaborative

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Peter Nicholas, Nicholas Design Collaborative

Project Name

Case Study Houses 2111


2107-13 St. Johns Ave.



43,500 sq. feet


Domain 3 LLC


  • Principal Architect/Developer


  • Civil Engineer: Bono Consulting
  • Structural Engineer: Hutter Trankina
  • : Sustainable Energy Engineering Group Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Aaron Schlines - Hoy Landscaping



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Project Description

Case Study Houses 2111 is inspired by the ground breaking program initiated by Arts and Architecture magazine in 1945 which produced experimental modern prototypes during America's post-World War II housing boom. We share the spirit of these visionary thinkers and are committed to a reductive, yet experimental residential design and construction. We are also devoted to energy efficiency, sustainability and durability. The project contains 4 single family residences configured around a center auto court.
Constructed of low or no maintenance materials, manageable and usable gardens, and ease of access for both residents and visitors. The houses define the autocourt, but also embrace private outdoor rooms that extend adjacent interior spaces. These private indoor/outdoor spaces are protected by a permeable, woven patterned brick wall which provide privacy and well as ventilation for these spaces. This allows for expanses of picture windows and doors and free flowing open plans.
Community is encouraged by the arrangement of spaces around the autocourt, which is actually akin to a European piazza, which allows pedestrian and vehicular access but also acts as place to share experiences with neighbors. It is the ultimate location for a block party.
Parking is abundant with 6 visitor spaces in addition to each unit having an attached 2 car garage, with an obscured glass door to allow natural light to enliven the garage interior.
A modern lifestyle is reinforced by chef worthy kitchens sharing spaces with dining rooms and adjacent to indoor family rooms and outdoor lounging areas, lines between indoor and outdoor are blurred, entertainment is fluid and quality of life is enhanced. Gardening is manageable; buyers can develop container gardens in private courtyards or plant flower gardens to complement the well-developed base plantings.
Floor plans are designed for all walks of life, but with special attention paid to the aging in place population. first floors are located at grade level for easy access and contain the usual living, dining, kitchen and mudroom that one would expect, but also the laundry room and master suites with double bathrooms and closets. Additional bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the upper level.
Located within two blocks of downtown Highland Park and the Metra Link to downtown Chicago, all goods and services imaginable are located within a short walk. Use of the automobile is minimized, however plenty of resident and visitor parking is provided with a 2 car garage per house and 6 additional open visitor spaces. Renowned Highland Park K-12 schools are all located within 2 blocks of the site.
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