Skybridge at One North Halsted

Location - Chicago, IL
Architect – Perkins & Will
Client – Dearborn Development
General Contractor – Walsh Construction Co.
Consultants – Smartano & Co. (structural); MEP & Fire Consultants; Wolff Clements & Associates (landscape)

The audacity and sure-handedness with which architects inserted a 25-story void into the design of this residential high rise drew unanimous praise from jurors. But this building is about neighborliness, not ego. At ground level, a four-story retail and parking base relates to an urban street. Above, a 237-unit tower rises in a modernist composition of lightly colored concrete and glass. Cut into the tower are balconies and the vertical slot that is spanned by a series of glazed bridges, bringing relief and shadow to the building’s highly visible facades. These cuts maximize corner views of lake and skyline and also signal the change in urban context from downtown towers to a lower-scale fabric to the west.

[Photographer: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing (Image 2); James Steinkamp © Steinkamp Ballogg (Images 1,3)]