The 15-story 1345 South Wabash has taken part in one of the most dramatic neighborhood transformations in Chicago. As the city’s South Loop shifted from light manufacturing through widespread vacancy and now to high rise residential, architects have had a chance to imagine a new cityscape. Brininstool + Lynch’s contribution comes in the form of a glass and posttensioned concrete condominium tower, which echoes Chicago’s modernist past, while looking to contemporary ways of living. Textured board-formed concrete and exposed structure fill loftlike layouts and communal spaces. Private balconies cantilever from each unit, providing views and outdoor space in the densifying neighborhood. The development is a symbol and a standard for the area.
178,100 square feet
Eriksson Engineering, Civil
C.E. Anderson & Associates, Structural
Cosentini Associates, MEPFP
2016 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award – Citation of Merit
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Darris Lee Harris