The Clare at Water Tower
Square Footage: 735,000
Located one block off of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, The Clare offers both housing for seniors and classroom space for Loyola University. The project allows Loyola to expand its academic facilities while allowing the Franciscan Sisters to fulfill their mission of providing housing for senior citizens.
The design of the 54-story building maximizes views of Chicago's Water Tower District and Lake Michigan. Loyola's classrooms occupy the first three floors. Thirty-two levels house independent living while there are two floors of skilled nursing, one floor for dementia and three floors of assisted living. Other levels house a spa and fitness center and public amenities such as dining, libraries, kitchens and administration space.
The Clare at Water Tower addresses the needs of its senior community by maintaining visual and oratory cues through the use of atrium spaces. These spaces allow the natural connectivity of living, dining and social spaces while working within the space limitations of a high-rise format including the double or triple floor-to-ceiling height of a typical community space. Ancillary seating areas and intimate furniture groupings are connected to the atrium allowing for intimate conversations and preserving a comfortable scale for various social venues.