550 St. Clair

550 St. Clair

Chicago, ILLINOIS

2008

Overlooking North Michigan Avenue, 550 St. Clair is a twenty-six-story residential tower enclosed by window planes on the north, east, and south elevations. It is relieved at the corners by inset balconies delineated with translucent glazing. The floor-to-ceiling windows incorporate zero sight-line operable units set above the viewer's eye. Bi-parting sliding doors open onto the continuous projected terraces on the west, creating six-foot openings. The forms, systems, and materials were selected to provide openness and privacy, flexibility of use, and functionality.

Project Type

Multi-family

SIZE

223,800 square feet

CONTRACTOR

Linn–Mathes

CONSULTANTS

Terra Engineering, Civil
C.E. Anderson & Associates, Structural
WCW, EP
Advanced Mechanical, Mechanical

PUBLICATIONS

Tully, Peggy. Modern American Housing: High-Rise, Reuse, Infill. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013.
Ballinger, Barbara. “Breaking Ground,” I4Design, Fall 2006.
Keegan, Edward. “Portfolio, Chicago Condos,” Architect, Premier Issue, October 2006.
Handley, John. “Glass and GlitzChicago Tribune, 10 July 2005.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Darris Lee Harris