Wolf Point West Chicago

Wolf Point West Chicago

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.

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

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

Location
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

Coast Chicago

Coast Chicago

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.

Location
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

Linkt Chicago

Linkt Chicago

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.

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

Exhibit on Superior Chicago

Exhibit on Superior Chicago

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.

Location
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

The Van Buren Chicago

The Van Buren Chicago

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.

Location
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
Photography
Noah Johnson

Lathrop Homes Chicago

Lathrop Homes Chicago

Lathrop Homes is a low-rise housing project from the 1930s under redevelopment by the Chicago Housing Authority. Located on a 34-acre site between the Bucktown and Roscoe Village neighborhoods, the mixed-income community will combine renovation and new structures.

bKL is designing two new buildings for this site, as well as renovating the current Administration Building. The new 6-story and 5-story structures will be located at the north and southwest corners of Diversey at Clybourn and Damen avenues. The mixed-use complex will include retail to revitalize this historic community, as well as provide over 100 residential units within the two newly designed buildings. The new residential structures incorporate masonry facades designed to maintain the character of the original buildings in scale and proportion. Through the integration of Lathrop Homes’ existing architectural vocabulary, the new structures honor the site in a contextual manner.

Location
Chicago, IL
Design
Ongoing
Construction
Ongoing
Project Area
Administration Building: 6,500 square feet
Building 1: 70,000 square feet
Building 2: 60,500 square feet
Consultants
TGRWA, Structural; TERRA Engineering, Civil; dbHMS, MEP/FP; MVVA, Landscape; HED, LEED
Contractor
Lendlease
Materials
Masonry, Low-E vision glass

The Selby Toronto

The Selby Toronto

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.

Location
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
Deltera Inc.
Materials
Masonry in 3 colors, LoE vision glass, spandrel glass
Photography
Philip Castleton

Union West Chicago

Union West Chicago

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.

Location
Chicago, IL
Design
2016-2017
Construction
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

Renelle on the River Chicago

Renelle on the River Chicago

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.

Location
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
Photography
Philip Shin

The Link Evanston

The Link Evanston

The Link Evanston is a 10-story mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and 242 rental units. The tower’s massing is composed of three linked segments creating a U-shaped building. This massing encloses an outdoor amenity area on level two with a pool and landscaped social areas.

The building’s ends and corners are anchored in brick with metal panel infill between and punched windows throughout. Metal channels wrap the exterior of level two, screening the parking from the street.

Residential units range in size from studios to three-bedroom units, all with in-suite bathrooms. The project has a total of 174 parking spaces for the retail and residents. Additional amenities include a fitness center, yoga studio and a tenant lounge.

Location
Evanston, IL
Construction
Ongoing
Project Area
278,000 square feet
Consultants
DCI Engineers, Structural; Spaceco, Inc., Civil; Wolff Landscape Architecture, Landscape; Emcor, Mechanical; WMA Consulting Engineers, LEED Consultant
Contractor
Focus Construction
Materials
Metal panels, masonry

Ashland and Taylor Chicago

Ashland and Taylor Chicago

A mixed-use tower located in Chicago’s Little Italy/Illinois Medical District neighborhood, Ashland and Taylor features a glass and metal façade coupled with a 4-story podium. At the corner of Ashland and Taylor, the podium is pulled back to reveal the tower as it anchors the building. This reveal, in turn, allocates an open space for pedestrian activity and visibility for passersby. The composition of the podium’s masonry and textured metal panel relates to the neighborhood scale of Taylor Street.

The 19-story tower is divided into three linear sections providing a verticality and lightness to the building form. The tower’s shifted massing is further emphasized by its refined façade detailing, which is accented by an increased number of glass corners to allow an abundance of light into the residential units.

Location
Chicago, IL
Design
Ongoing
Materials
Aluminum window wall and storefront, Low-E vision glass, opaque spandrel glass, metal panel, brick

3300 N. Clark Street Chicago

3300 N. Clark Street Chicago

Located one block from the bustling Belmont “L” station and two blocks from the lively commercial districts of both Wrigleyville and Boystown, the 3300 N. Clark Street mixed-use project sits at the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

Comprised of 140 residential units, this 8-story building is set back from a landscaped roof terrace atop a retail and parking podium. The building steps down at the north side to respond to the existing neighborhood scale, while providing additional terrace space for residents.

The curved face and second floor setback help to open and soften the narrow southeast corner on School Street. The material scale within the façade details balance the building with adjacent context. The brick and glass materiality speak to the neighborhood’s quality and feel.

Location
Chicago, IL
Design
Ongoing
Project Area
115,500 square feet
Consultants
CE Anderson & Associates, Structural; WMA Consulting Engineers, MEPFP; Eriksson Engineering Associates, Civil; Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp Landscape Architecture, Landscape
Materials
Finish brick standard size with smooth and vertical scoring, brick screen wall, aluminum window wall system with Low-E insulated vision glass, slotted metal panels