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Cool and Refreshing Minimalism in Illinois

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A striking flash of white geometry appears on lush green lawns in a forest glade.

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A closer look reveals a pattern: very high contrast in the wood paneling and window treatment.

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The very calm, cool, and collected design comes from Robbins Architecture.

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Dark and glossy floors counter the sleek whites of its serenely spacious kitchen.

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Minimal use of walls allow an unusual way to connect the indoors to the outdoors; taking the interior outside rather than bring the exterior in.

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The high contrast of dark chocolate paneling and sleek white walls continues inside and out.

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Exterior panels of rich oiled woods inspired by boatbuilding continue the refined interior on out into an outdoor room.

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The result is a refined and sophisticated minimalism that connects to the sensibility of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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The effect of what seems to be a screen of trees is created in the living room.

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Cool stone plays off the rich wood outdoors.

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“To further anchor the home to the landscape, we chose to bring the wood language found on the interior cabinetry to the exterior walls,” say the architects.

“It would have been less challenging to bring the exterior detailing inside, but there was elegance to the smooth wood panels on the exterior that motivated us to work through the detailing.”

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