West Loop / 166 N. Aberdeen Street
     Located just north of the bustling W Randolph Street corridor, 166 N Aberdeen is a prime location for upscale apartments. 235 units are situated in a 20-story tower along N Aberdeen St with an articulated base that transitions between the low and mid-scale neighboring brick-clad buildings.
South Loop / Cermak & Wabash
     Cermak & Wabash is an extension of the major development occurring in proximity to the McCormick Convention Center. A true mixed-use development; the project combines a 132 room extended-stay hotel catering toward business travelers with 252 apartments which will attract young professionals and students.
     The hotel tower prominently defines the corner of this active intersection, while the residential tower is setback from the street to create privacy. The residential tower derives its character from the alternating “shingled” window bays which afford residents views of the city and lake.
     In harmony with the all glass residential tower, the punched window exterior of the hotel mimics an overlapping shingle pattern to establish a unified design language throughout the project.
Fulton Market / 344 N. Canal Street
     360 apartment units were designed and planned for the site of the existing Cassidy Tire shop and warehouse, just west of the Chicago River.  The site posed a unique challenge as it is bounded by railroad easements on three sides, with tracks running at three different elevations (grade, sub-grade, and elevated.)
     Located on a heavily trafficked narrow two-way stretch of North Canal Street, a major design challenge was to alleviate the congestion at the building’s front door. This was accomplished by setting the lobby back 30 feet from the front property line to allow for a gracious landscaped pedestrian entry as well as an easy to navigate porte-cochere for vehicle drop-offs.
     In order to maximize its length on the site, the apartment tower is rotated 30 degrees and is lifted over the entry, creating a covered outdoor room.
     While not the tallest building in its vicinity, the apartment tower manages to stand out due to its rotation from the orthogonal city grid, and a series of stepbacks at its top which further emphasize the angular geometry.
Unit Planning
     Solomon Cordwell Buenz has been designing urban multi-family developments for over four decades.
     The familiarity and expertise of this typology within the SCB office has allowed me to quickly understand the challenges and opportunities inherent in each new residential project. These two projects describe how unique site constraints influence the planning of units, which then informs the shape, massing, and exterior design of the building.
Project Details
Designs: 2015 - 2018
Chicago, IL
West Loop
(166 N Aberdeen) / Conceptual Design / Unbuilt
Hyde Park (5252 S Cornell) / Completed Fall 2019 / Built
Fulton Market (344 N Canal) / Conceptual Design / Unbuilt
South Loop (2111 S Wabash) / Completed Summer 2020 (w/modified project scope) / Built
West Loop / 220 units / Studio to 2 BR (705 sf avg) / 20 Stories / 3,900 SF Retail / 80 Parking Spaces / 244,300 Total GSF
Hyde Park / 246 Residential Units / Studio to 3 BR (830 sf avg) / 26 Stories / 9,160 SF Retail / 177 Parking Spaces / 338,000 Total GSF
Fulton Market / 360 Residential Units / Studio to 2 BR (735 sf avg) / 34 Stories / 125 Parking Spaces / 377,950 Total GSF
South Loop / 252 Residential Units / Studio to 2 BR (715 sf avg) / 22 Stories / 90,000 SF Hotel (132 Keys) / 15,000 SF Retail / 131 Parking Spaces / 397,850 Total GSF 

Designs completed at 
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
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