MILA Chicago

MILA Chicago

Anchoring the northwest corner of Lake Street and Michigan Avenue, this 41-story, 402-unit residential tower sits prominently beside the historic Carbide and Carbon Building. With an east-west orientation and narrow face addressing Michigan Avenue, the new tower complements its Art Deco predecessor. Its siting encourages a dialogue between the buildings while permitting enough space for each to establish its distinct presence.

The Michigan Avenue tower features two levels of retail and garage parking. Amenities include a fitness room, lounge, game room and party room. Outdoor space can accommodate large or small gatherings, and the building provides a rooftop pool and a dog run. Partially inset residential balconies on the north and south facades complement a clean, modern, highly polished face on Michigan Avenue.

The site is easily accessible to the shopping of north Michigan Avenue and the many attractions of Millennium and Grant Parks.

This project is LEED Gold certified.

Location
Chicago, IL
Design
2012-2014
Construction
Completed 2016
Project Area
514,000 square feet
Consultants
Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Structural; Spaceco, Inc., Civil; Wolff Landscape Architecture, Landscape; Cosentini, MEP; Archiluce International and KGM Architectural Lighting, Lighting
Contractor
Pepper/McHugh
Materials
Glazed curtain wall, LoE vision glass, spandrel glass, glass balcony handrails, metal panels
Photography
Jon Miller (c) Hedrich Blessing

Parcels IJKL at Lakeshore East Chicago

Parcels IJKL at Lakeshore East Chicago

Located at the prominent juncture of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, the IJKL site is conceived as a carefully composed urban development that connects Chicago’s waterfront to both the city and its neighboring community.

The landscape is lifted to provide a separation between the pedestrian and service/vehicular circulation. This lifting of the landscape provides usable and contiguous active green space reinforcing the connection from the IJKL towers to the lakefront. This hierarchy of site circulation provides continued lakefront access linking the site to Upper Wacker and Upper Columbus while limiting cars and traffic off Upper Harbor. Buildings meet the ground plane at the building entries, retail spaces, and common spaces.

The three towers are strategically placed to optimize active open green space and to minimally impact the surrounding context. The most iconic and unique tower, Building I, is also the most prominent of the three buildings as it reinforces the marker to where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan. Tower I’s triangular geometry allows for residents to have views up and down the lakefront. The prow-like building grows larger at the top, emphasizing its prominence and interaction along the skyline. Each tower possesses curvilinear geometry and a faceted skin that reconciles its geometry to provide a continuous and consistent visual among the towers. Their faceted textures tie the buildings together as one aesthetic and provides the entire complex with a dynamic interaction between the built and natural environment.

Location
Chicago, IL
Design
Ongoing
Consultants
Claude Cormier + Associés, Landscape

Shenzhen Tower

Shenzhen Tower

bKL Architecture has unveiled their concept design proposal for a new tower and plaza located in Shenzhen, China. Anchoring the gateway between the CBD and the surrounding natural context, the tower, rising to approximately 610m, becomes a technical expression of the developing region, while the plaza provides a cultural focal point for the eastern expansion of the city.

The plaza includes retail, civic, and institutional structures, providing the perfect opportunity to become the cultural epicenter within the new development.

The tower’s elegant form is composed of three transforming design components: the shape, the structure, and the sky gardens. All three design components ground the tower in a continuous interaction between people and nature. The tower is bold, technical, and strong, while at the same time refined, natural, and elegant.

Location
Shenzhen, China
Design
Height: Approximately 610m
Construction
To be determined

5th & Brazos Austin

5th & Brazos Austin

The tower’s interlocking massing directly relates to the functional needs of each program. The tower is shifted outside of the perimeter of the podium, highlighting the residential entry by allowing the tower to come to the ground. Integrated balconies enhance the tower’s overall composition. The building’s shifted massing allows for multiple roof decks, providing shared amenity spaces at different levels.

The two-level podium consists of retail and hotel amenities, while the 357-foot glass and metal tower rises above. Taking inspiration from the local natural context, the podium features a continuous awning and an integrated metal façade screen to provide shading. The materiality and vertical expression of the façade provides the building with a continuous and cohesive aesthetic. The vertical rhythm is generated by the function of the interior layout.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver, 5th and Brazos features intensive landscape and streetscape design that relates back to the local context.

Location
Austin, TX
Project Area
771,000 square feet
Consultants
MKA, Structural; Stantec, Civil; dbHMS, LEED
Contractor
Ryan Companies
Materials
Masonry, metal panels and glass

Miami Midtown 6

Miami Midtown 6

Miami Midtown 6 is a mixed-use project located adjacent to both Miami’s Wynwood Art District and Design District. The project has a 4 story podium that incorporates local coral limestone and a 31 story residential tower. The podium contains liner residential units, a parking garage for residents and retail, and 38,000 s.f. of retail and commercial office space.

This tower is defined by its dynamically textured façade created by angled balconies. The building’s 447 residential units are included in the tower and the podium.

An urban plaza and a pedestrian mews, separating the building from an adjacent site, allows residents and visitors to enjoy the open outdoor spaces. The pedestrian mews features local landscaping specifically placed to provide shading, catering to the comfort of visitors.

Comprising 73,590 s.f. of indoor and outdoor amenities, Miami Midtown 6 prides itself on its social characteristics and resident-focused amenities on multiple levels including a pool and spa, fitness areas, game room, lounge, business office, kitchen and bars, and fireplaces. This project is being designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Location
Miami, FL
Design
2015-2017
Construction
Ongoing
Project Area
781,000 square feet
Consultants
Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Structural; HSQ Group, Civil; Witkin Hults Design Group, Landscape
Contractor
John Moriarty & Associates
Materials
Window wall, stucco, coral limestone

Zhengzhou Shuanghe Towers

Zhengzhou Shuanghe Towers

bKL Architecture’s proposed design for the Greenland Zhengzhou Shuanghe Lake Twin Towers in the Henan region of China features four mixed-use structures, two 191m towers and two anchoring 91m towers, marking a gateway to the city’s southern expansion focused on the new high-speed rail and Garden Expo Center.

The towers are arranged at four quadrants around a central node, which provides the main entry to the site. This arrangement allows for a continuous waterfront connection, as well as an expansion of the Garden Expo landscaping.

As the buildings are cantilevered around the central ring that encapsulates the site, the towers appear to float effortlessly thereby reinforcing the structures’ movement and relationship to one another. Reminiscent of a pair of elegant dancing cranes, the communication between the tower forms is intrinsic, flowing, and energetic while symbolizing success, balance, and harmony.

Composed of glass with limestone accents at the base and metal accents at the mid-section, a gradience of serration dissipates towards the top of the buildings to reveal the structures’ full glass form. The textured façade at the base of the structures leads to a clean, elegant form at the top, representing the feathered form of two standing cranes. This provides an interactive vision of lightness and symbolism for the future of the developing region.

Location
Zhengzhou, China
Design
2016-2017
Project Area
305,400 square meters
Consultants
Werner Sobek Group, Structural; Willoughby Engineering, MEP & Sustainability; Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects, Landscape

Parcel O Chicago

Parcel O Chicago

Located on the western edge of Lakeshore East Park, this mixed-use tower contains residential units and two separate hotels in a manner that directly relates to the program. The façade treatments of aluminum panels and vision glass further emphasize the building massing.

The extended program massing reaches out to provide multiple modes of pedestrian connectivity for the surrounding Lakeshore East community. The podium massing also provides an extensive rooftop amenity deck that allows residents to connect with the context at multiple scales and levels.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, this mixed-use tower additionally provides 14,500 square feet of retail space along Columbus Drive.

Location
Chicago, IL
Design
2013-2016
Project Area
995,000 square feet
Consultants
WSP, Structural
Materials
Curtain wall glazing, window wall glazing, metal panel

Animation Cultural City Beijing

Animation Cultural City Beijing

Animation Cultural City
Animation Cultural City
Animation Cultural City
Animation Cultural City

Animation Cultural City is a mixed-use campus for the creative community in Beijing, China, combining office, retail and parking with extensively landscaped spaces. Its buildings and landscape were designed to inspire both workers and visitors and to fuel creative energy.

Great consideration was given to the use of sunlight in this design. The building orientation, scale and façade detailing are used to optimize the amount of direct sunlight while allowing diffused light into office and retail spaces. Plazas, sunken gardens and other exterior areas provide shaded resting spots as well as sun-filled larger public spaces.

These public spaces and plazas provide ample outdoor areas for public and private gatherings in daytime and night, all seasons of the year. They create an enjoyable, lively environment with modern, sophisticated architectural appeal and aesthetic interest.

Location
Beijing, China
Design
2012-2013
Construction
Ongoing
Project Area
948,500 square feet (88,120 square meters)
Materials
Curtain wall materials include vision glass and vertical fins of different colors

Shaoxing Jinghu Hotel

Shaoxing Jinghu Hotel

Since the early Tang Dynasty, Shaoxing has been known throughout China for its silk production. This continuing legacy is the inspiration for bKL’s design of both the form and surface of this new 820 ft (250 meter) mixed-use hotel and apartment tower set on a downtown lake.

Glass, metal fabric and metal panels are woven into a skin that rolls and falls as a silk drapery. The resulting floor configuration provides southern exposure for all 260 serviced apartments and a unique expression for each hotel room tier. The building’s surface is a pattern of open, partial, and solid material inherently providing passive solar control.

The undulating tower’s skin lifts off the ground to reveal multi-story entry lobbies and cores. A luminous horizontal form encloses the hotel’s conference, meeting and business center; a ballroom opens to the adjacent roof garden. A restaurant, bar and lounge float at the top, overlooking the lake and historic city beyond.

Amenity floors, marked externally by a separation of the building skin between the lower hotel floors and the upper apartment levels, include a pool, fitness center, and lounge. Commercial space in the tower is united with the street and surrounding urban environment by a swath of building skin designating its presence.

Location
Shaoxing, China
Design
January – March 2011
Project Area
1,200,000 SF (113,500 Sq. Meters)
Consultants
Magnusson Klemenic Associates, Structural; Lerch Bates, Vertical Transportation
Materials
Reinforced concrete frame, window wall with LoE vision glass, metal panel, translucent glass and metal fabric scrim, stone cladding and paving

Minneapolis Mixed-Use Project

Minneapolis Mixed-Use Project

This 52 story mixed-use building combines hotel, office and residential. The building’s unique form showcases the functions by the implementation of an ideal floor plate for each use. Therefore, each program is expressed in the massing of the building and façade treatment.

The building features 225 hotel rooms on 9 levels, 13 levels of office space and 334 rental apartments on 20 levels. All program elements share a multi-story lobby and all users share amenity spaces including a lap pool, steam room, sauna, pool deck, fitness center, wine bar and lounge.

Location
Minneapolis, MN
Design
2015-2016
Project Area
1,121,500 square feet

Jinhua Mixed-Use Project

Jinhua Mixed-Use Project

Jinhua Mixed-Use Project
Jinhua Mixed-Use Project
Jinhua Mixed-Use Project
Jinhua Mixed-Use Project

These two glass towers amplify the intersection of Jinhua’s primary north-south axis and the Wu River, a key site in the city. Their sculptural nature creates a striking landmark in this area, a region known for the beauty of its mountains, rivers, caves and natural stone formations.

Inspired by these forms, a podium of stone and brushed metal panels supports two towers sheathed in a crystalline glass skin. The transparency and translucency of the glass respond to programmatic and environmental conditions; its reflectiveness emphasizes the angles of the towers.

The varied angularity of the towers and podium buildings also reflect differing interior functions. Retail, offices, hotels, and residences are spread over the 1.8 million square foot (168,000 square meter) mixed-use structure.

Location
Jinhua, China
Project Area
1,800,000 square feet (168,000 square meters)
Materials
Glazed curtain wall, LoE vision glass