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Wolf Point West Chicago

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Wolf Point West Chicago

Chicago, IL

Design
2012-2013
Construction
Completed 2016
Project Area
571,000 square feet
Consultants
Halvorson and Partners, Structural; Epstein, Civil; Wolff Landscape Architecture, Landscape; Pelli Clark Pelli, Master Planner; Alvine Engineering, MEP; Sebesta Blomberg, LEED Consultant; Archiluce International, Lighting
Contractor
McHugh/Clark
Materials
Glazed curtain wall, aluminum window wall and storefront, LoE vision glass, opaque spandrel glass, metal panels, stone
Awards
CISCO Project of the Year award: New Construction (Chicago) 2016
NAIOP Chicago Awards for Excellence: Multifamily Development of the Year 2017
Photography
Jon Miller (c) Hedrich Blessing
Nick Ulivieri

The 500-foot-tall Wolf Point West residential project rises 48 stories from the banks of the converging north, south and east branches of the Chicago River. From this vantage point, residents enjoy unparalleled views of the city, river and lakefront.

The project, which features approximately 510 rental units within 571,000 square feet, is composed of a series of layered planes that form the building’s massing. Its slender, elegant profile is anchored on the riverbank by lush landscaping; its parking garage is concealed below grade.

Inset balconies and a careful composition of vision and opaque glass—as well as three dimensional, horizontal bands of aluminum tubes—lend the façade texture and interest. The amenity levels and exterior deck provide enhanced interior and exterior living throughout all seasons.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, this project exemplifies bKL’s commitment to reduced use of natural resources.

Information on living at Wolf Point West:
www.wpwrent.com

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Coast Chicago

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Coast Chicago

Chicago, IL

Design
2011 – 2012
Construction
Completed 2013
Project Area
671,000 square feet
Consultants
Loewenberg Architects, Architect of Record; CSA, Structural; Mackie Consultants, Civil; Wolff Landscape Architecture, Landscape
Contractor
McHugh
Materials
Glazed curtain wall, aluminum window wall, aluminum storefront, LoE vision glass, translucent glass, fritted glass, stainless steel entry canopy, metal panels
Awards
American Architecture Award 2016
CTBUH Best Tall Buildings Nominee 2013
Photography
Darris Lee Harris

This glass tower was designed in the tradition of Chicago modernism. It rises 47 stories above Wacker Drive to overlook Lakeshore East Park, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. In addition to 515 residential units, the mixed-use tower also contains retail and amenity spaces. All parking is located below Wacker Drive, allowing the tower to meet the street gracefully, enhancing the pedestrian experience at street level.

Coast is a composition of light and translucency. The tower features unique, continuous balconies on the north and south façades that contribute to the overall architecture of the building. The balconies’ glass handrails create a strong horizontality which is then captured at the ends by glass curtain walls on the east and west façades. The curtain walls are a composition of clear, translucent and fritted glass. The horizontally captured balconies coupled with the glass end walls combine to create the appearance of a pure glass tower form on the skyline. In this spirit, the balconies are not a distraction to the architecture, but become integral elements in the building’s composition. These balconies provide private outdoor space nearly unmatched within the downtown Chicago rental market as well as views of the city skyline and Millennium Park.

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Linkt Chicago

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Linkt Chicago

Chicago, IL

Design
2014-2015
Construction
2016-2017
Project Area
54,000 square feet
Materials
Stainless steel panels, masonry
Photography
Tom Harris
Nick Ulivieri

This 5-story residential building is in an area that is currently undergoing a transformation with multiple new developments. The exposure of the site at a prime intersection provided the opportunity to develop a striking façade design. Stainless steel panels clad the sawtooth design in a contemporary and contextual application, allowing for a different architectural experience as one passes the building.

The building contains 47 rental units, ground floor retail space and parking. A community room and shared amenity terrace are located to take advantage of views to downtown. Close proximity to public transportation allowed the parking count to be reduced by 50% by taking advantage of guidelines for Transit Oriented Design as outlined in the current Chicago Zoning Ordinance.

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Exhibit on Superior Chicago

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Exhibit on Superior Chicago

Chicago, IL

Design
2015-2017
Construction
Completed 2017
Project Area
283,000 square feet
Consultants
Halvorson and Partners, Structural; dbHMS, MEP/FP and LEED; Mackie Consultants, Civil; Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp, LLC, Landscape; Desmond Associates, Inc., Vertical Transportation
Contractor
Linn-Mathes Inc.
Materials
Masonry in 3 colors, glass handrails, spandrel glass
Awards
Friends of Downtown Best New Building Award 2017
CAMME Award: Two/Three Bedroom Model Unit 2017
Photography
Tom Harris

This modern glass and masonry residential tower was inspired by the historical buildings in its surrounding River North neighborhood. Bordered on the north by Superior Street, on the west by Wells Street and on the east by LaSalle Street, the site includes a 34-story rental apartment tower with a 5-story podium. The 298 residential units occupy the tower and portions of the podium. Wrapping the perimeter of the second and third levels of the podium, they buffer the parking levels from the street.

In addition to the residential lobby, the ground level of the building consists of retail space with frontage on LaSalle and Superior streets, as well as a smaller retail space adjacent to the park. A fitness center, lounge and spa areas have direct access to the landscaped podium roof deck and outdoor lap pool. The semi-public parking garage—providing 109 parking spots—is located on levels 3 and 4 of the podium.

Set back 80 feet from Wells Street, the property creates a new park with extensive landscaping and a dog run that is accessible to the public.

This project is LEED Gold certified.

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The Van Buren Chicago

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The Van Buren Chicago

Chicago, IL

Design
2016
Construction
Ongoing
Project Area
185,500 square feet
Consultants
C.E. Anderson, Structural; Spaceco, Civil; Wolff Landscape, Landscape; WMA, MEP/FP
Contractor
Lendlease
Materials
Window wall glazing, extruded metal panel

This new 12-story residential building, comprised of vision glass and white metal panels, is inspired by its Grecian neighborhood and driven by its underlying relationship with light and shadow. A modernist composition of offset horizontal and vertical panels lends to its visual depth thereby creating an intentional presence at the gateway to Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood. Set against its bright white frame, a deep blue retail base creates a strong, striking visual contrast upon Halsted Street, allowing for the possibility of street front activation.

Containing 148 rental units, floor plans were designed in response to the massing of the building, which provides transparency with its deliberate glass corners and framed window wall system. This approach translates to the functional layout of each floor. The feeling of light transforms each unit to be bright, transparent and open. The composition of the façade responds to the layout of the individual units, providing an increased interaction between the exterior and interior.

A landscaped terrace and roof pool deck provides residents a private, vibrant outdoor experience that is connected to the skyline of the city.

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The Selby Toronto

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The Selby Toronto

Toronto, Canada

Design
2013-2015
Construction
Ongoing
Project Area
410,000 square feet
Consultants
Rafael + Bigauskas Architect Inc., Architect of Record; Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, Structural; Claude Cormier + Associates, Landscape; Johnson Chou, Interior Design; ERA Architects Inc., Heritage
Contractor
Dominus Construction Group
Materials
Masonry in 3 colors, LoE vision glass, spandrel glass
Photography
Philip Castleton

This 50-story residential tower is in the heart of downtown Toronto. Clad in red masonry, The Selby complements the adjacent restored heritage mansion while distinguishing itself amongst surrounding glass towers. As a response to the adjacent tower, the massing is notched, allowing for larger floor plates at the top of the building.

With 557 residential units and five levels of below-grade parking, the building features 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities as well as 558 bicycle parking spaces. The podium of the tower includes four duplex townhomes.

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Union West Chicago

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Union West Chicago

Chicago, IL

Design
Ongoing
Project Area
466,500 square feet
Consultants
WSP USA, Structural; Mackie Consultants, LLC, Civil; Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp, LLC, Landscape; WMA Consulting Engineers, Ltd., MEPFP; WMA Sustainability Solutions Group, Sustainability Consultant
Contractor
Power Construction
Materials
Brick, vision glass, spandrel glass, metal panels

Located two blocks from the Morgan El station and one block from the bustling commercial district of Randolph Street, the Union West project sits at a prominent location in the West Loop.

Comprised of two 15-story buildings, this mixed-use project is unified by a landscaped roof terrace atop a retail and parking podium. As a connective element between the towers, the terrace provides a communal space for residents.

The massing of Union West is responsive to the immediate context; the brick base and masonry frame mid-section relates to the West Loop’s industrial feel, while the top glass portion provides a light and airy impression, offering expansive views to the city. The tower’s top roof terraces look toward the city, allowing a direct communication of the project to Chicago’s downtown Loop.

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Renelle on the River Chicago

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Renelle on the River Chicago

Chicago, IL

Design
2015-2016
Construction
Ongoing
Project Area
150,000 SF
Consultants
Uzun + Case, Structural; SPACECO, Civil; dbHMS, MEP, LEED Consultant
Contractor
McHugh
Materials
Aluminum and glass curtain wall, stone cladding

This glass tower, with a dynamically patterned façade consisting of vision glass and white spandrel glass, sits on a black granite base. The building’s massing is designed to maximize views of the Chicago River from all residential units.

Built upon an existing parking garage, this 150,000 square foot condominium contains 50 residential units. The building also features 7,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities that include a rooftop terrace, fitness center, lounge, media room, and game room.

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Garrison Point Toronto

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Garrison Point Toronto

Toronto, Canada

Design
Ongoing
Construction
To be determined
Project Area
355,000 square feet
Consultants
Hariri Pontarini Architects, Architect of Record; Entuitive Corporation, Structural; Claude Cormier + Associates, Landscape; BA Consulting Group Ltd., Traffic
Contractor
Dominus Construction Group
Materials
Architectural terra cotta in 3 colors, LoE vision glass, translucent glass

The master plan of Garrison Point consists of five towers designed by a team including bKL Architecture, Hariri Pontarini Architects, and Claude Cormier. bKL is designing Garrison Point Tower, which will be located at the intersection of Strachan Avenue and Ordnance Street. Once completed, an inviting pedestrian neighborhood will emerge, with patios, a 3.9-acre park, shops, and cafes nestled within an urban environment.