The Contemporaine

at 516 North Wells

Chicago, Illinois

Project Info
The Contemporaine
Chicago, Illinois
Square Footage: 96,000

Awards:
Best of 2004 Award of Merit,
Residential Midwest Construction Magazine

National Honor Award, 2005
American Institute of Architects

Project of the Year, 2005
Residential Architect Magazine

Distinguished Building Honor Award, 2004
Chicago Chapter, AIA

Best New Residential Project, 2005
Friends of Downtown

Housing Committee Award, 2006
AIA

The dynamics of the Contemporaine begin at the entrance, which is literally carved out at the street corner. This engaging public space is highlighted by an impressive 45-foot column supporting the tower above.

Located on a corner lot in the downtown Chicago River North area, this 28-unit, 96,000 square foot condominium building includes a four-story retail and parking base below the 11-story residential tower. Tight site restrictions required innovative design solutions. The base of the building fills the entire lot yet achieves a pedestrian scale. Mirroring the tower above, the structure of the parking garage is exposed with floor-to-ceiling glass.