Peaceful Rock River House Neighboring a Forest Reserve in Illinois, USA. Rock River House in Rockton, Illinois, USA is a modern residence completed by Bruns Architecture in a scenic environment. The new building is located near the bend of a meandering river and next to a forest preserve. Views have been maximized so that the inhabitants could feel as close to nature as possible during their daily living rituals. According to the architects, the house is assembled “from a collection of stepping volumes that recall the nearby crescent shaped waterfall edge.” While the street facade is seemingly composed of enclosed wooden boxes, the opposite side opens up towards the river through large expanses of glass.