Urban living — with a yard

Ranquist Development Group and Campbell Coyle continue to push new boundaries, offering the latest options for urban living in their newest project, District House. Building upon their commitment to modern and sustainable living, District House will leverage the latest technologies in green roof designs with Chicago-based Omni Ecosystems.

The Omni Ecosystems green roof is comprised of ultra-lightweight soil that grows many types of plants, including natives, flowers, lawns, and edibles. The building will be comprised of “active” and “passive” green roof areas.

“Passive” green roofs are quite common in the Chicago area. The city is known globally as a leader in green roofs. District House will incorporate passive green roofs on the uppermost roof areas of the building. The passive roof system will help the building optimize energy performance by reducing the heat island effect and better insulating units. The systems will also reduce storm water runoff, an issue particularly relevant to the Chicagoland area. 

Through The Roof Crop, Omni's sister organization, the passive roof areas will be maintained and harvested, generating local food production for homeowners, local restaurants and area markets.

The “active” green roof systems will be located on the second level terraces, accessible to a handful of premium residences. These units present a unique opportunity to owners to bring nature to their back door. These spaces can be activated by residents — for a private lawn or garden. As an example, residents can activate and occupy this space much like a backyard with plants that will look and feel like a traditional lawn. Similarly, residents may opt to plant and harvest the roof areas, or leave the work to The Roof Crop.



This innovative green roof system will contribute to the project’s LEED certification, while aligning with the values of Oak Park. For the buyer, it provides a unique private outdoor space in an urbanized setting. The building has a total of five units with terraces, four of which are total approximately 1,000 square feet in outdoor area.

By bringing nature into these modern living arrangements, Ranquist Development and Campbell Coyle set a new bar for urban living that other buildings will follow.