Chicago, Illinois / United States of America
A stylish, upscale lifestyle development in Chicago’s South Loop is redefining loft living with spaces that exude urban chic. The 398-unit property is comprised of two new L-shaped buildings connected by a walkway. The developer retained the design team to create amenity and common-area spaces that complemented the loft aesthetic of the apartment units. Exposed finishes, luxurious textures and patterns, and accents of color appeal to the target market of young professionals and families.
A key design challenge was to give discrete spaces in the two buildings unique characteristics, while maintaining a cohesive, unified feel. The airy Clark Street lobby is marked by a perforated metal screen depicting Dearborn Station, while the Polk Street entrance incorporates dark woods punctuated by a vibrant streak of yellow to give a boutique ambiance.
In the club lounge, bespoke concrete consoles reinforce the industrial aesthetic, tempered by warmth from vibrant-colored seating and soft furnishings. The fireplace is surrounded by a tile wall and slat-wood treatment that rises from the floor and wraps the ceiling.
The focal point of the sunken lounge is The Cube, clad patterned glass by Alexander Girard and backlit by color-changing LED lights, which cleverly conceals printer stations. A continuous wood ribbon comprises the counter that supports computer stations, then flows into seating risers. Seating pods give residents spaces to work or socialize along the glass-walled link.