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The Van Buren Chicago

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.