1720 S. Michigan Ave Madison/Racine
630 Franklin

327 S. Sangamon

1845 S. Michigan Ave

1440 S. Michigan Ave
Cultural and Institutional
Large Projects
Special Projects
1845 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

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Only the views from this new twenty-story residential project, located in the fast-developing South Michigan corridor, surpass the benefits of its proximity to Chicago's Loop, lakefront and museum campus. With the views in mind, each of the 140 units was designed to maximize exposures and spatial qualities while maintaining efficient operation and cost effective construction. To achieve these goals, a post-tension concrete structure was implemented to minimize the foundation requirements. This structure offers the advantage of large column free residential plates and even larger cantilevered floors to accommodate parking at the base.

A combination of materials and volumes enlivens the street, breaks down the massing and individualizes the project. The five-story base is set at the sidewalk line and continues an alignment with other Michigan Avenue buildings. Volumes and materials delineate the various functions in the building's base. A projected canopy designates pedestrian and auto access. The transparent lobby is distinguished with stone and wood elements, while the garage entry is a translucent plane. Clear glass storefronts set below a backlit translucent surface define the lowered retail concourse. Remaining parking is enclosed with revealed aluminum panels and vertical aluminum screening.

Design 2000–2001
Construction 2001–2003
Consultants C. E. Anderson, Structural
Terra Engineering, Civil
Contractor McShane
Materials Tinted, clear and translucent glass, aluminum window wall, aluminum curtain wall, concrete, pre-finished metal panels and grating
Building Area 230,000 square feet
Photography Tomasz Szymanski