611 S. Wells Residences

Distinguished Building Award Submission

The program was to design 232 high-end boutique condominiums in a 31-story building on a 24,000 SF urban infill site surrounded by old loft buildings near the business core. Parking is on the first six levels. Fifteen unique floor-plans were created to attract various components of the market that includes empty nesters, single professionals, and young move-up couples. The balconies are angled for sun control, accessibility and provide great views of the city and lake. The elevations were an experiment with transparency and reflectivity, removing borders and edges from outside to inside of this very thin building. Cool colors abound with blue glass windows displayed every fourth floor in contrast to the white glass parking enclosure, gray concrete frame, and silver and charcoal window mullions for the rest of the palette. The first floor faces a busy street with retail spaces that incorporate well in terms of use and design, and are protected visually from the street by a linear fountain. The common spaces include a rooftop sundeck with cooling spray fountain, and social room. The simple entry lobby has a blue light sculpture hanging from the ceiling with exposed concrete columns and ceilings.

Fujikawa Johnson Gobel Architects, Inc.
Associate Architect
Thomas Roszak Architecture, LLC (Design Architect/Submitting)
TR Harrison Holdings, LLC
  • Sowlat Structural Engineers
Chicago, Illinois