235 W. Van Buren
Square Footage: 740,000
Following the successful completion of the Contemporaine condominium building, we were selected again by CMK Development Corporation to design a 740,000 square foot residential building in Chicago's financial district.
This building is situated on a prime site that serves as a threshold to the city from the Eisenhower Expressway and is one of the first things people see as they arrive downtown. The predominantly glass southern facade corresponds to the commercial buildings of the Chicago skyline to the north while the dynamic expression of the cantilevered balconies adds a residential scale. In contrast, the articulation of concrete and glass of the north façade blends well with the residential background of the South Loop Neighborhood.
The 714 condominium units are designed to target first-time homeowners. Typical 1-2 bedroom units range in size from 580 to 1,800 square feet. The 47-story tower contains 650,000 square feet of residential space and provides 11 floors of parking for a total of 572 spaces. The first and second floors of the building house approximately 10,000 square feet of retail space.