Skybridge

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Winner of a 2005 AIA National Honor Award, Skybridge is as much a work of urban design as it is a residential condominium tower. The building's base-and-tower parti is adjusted to accommodate the two extreme conditions on the site, the neighborhood and the expressway. The tower parallels the expressway and is pushed to the eastern edge of the site, both reducing the canyon effect on Halsted Street and maximizing views of the skyline from the residential units. The six-story base of retail and parking addresses the neighborhood scale. The base shifts south from the tower, giving the building a dynamic feel from the expressway and allowing the tower to meet the ground on the northern edge of the site, rather than sit statically upon its base. The mass of the residential tower has been manipulated to break up its bulk and read as two towers connected by transparent walkways that form an overscaled window through the building. The use of subtle shades heightens the layering of the planes of the facade and further breaks up the mass. The towers are united at the top by a thin roof plane that becomes a cantilevered trellis above the north facade

Architect of Record

Perkins+Will

Contractor

Moran Associates/Dearborn Development

General Contractor

Walsh Construction Group

Consultants

  • WMA Consulting Engineers
  • Samartano & Company
  • Eriksson Engineering