- Completed 2016
- Project Area
- 514,000 square feet
- Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Structural; Spaceco, Inc., Civil; Wolff Landscape Architecture, Landscape; Cosentini, MEP; Archiluce International and KGM Architectural Lighting, Lighting
- Glazed curtain wall, LoE vision glass, spandrel glass, glass balcony handrails, metal panels
- Jon Miller (c) Hedrich Blessing
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.
- Height: Approximately 610m
- To be determined
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.
Miami Midtown 6
- Project Area
- 781,000 square feet
- Window wall, stucco, coral limestone
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.
Zhengzhou Shuanghe Towers
- Project Area
- 305,400 square meters
- Werner Sobek Group, Structural; Willoughby Engineering, MEP & Sustainability; Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects, Landscape
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.
Animation Cultural City Beijing
- Project Area
- 948,500 square feet (88,120 square meters)
- Curtain wall materials include vision glass and vertical fins of different colors
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.
Minneapolis Mixed-Use Project
- Project Area
- 1,121,500 square feet
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.
Jinhua Mixed-Use Project
- Project Area
- 1,800,000 square feet (168,000 square meters)
- Glazed curtain wall, LoE vision glass
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.