Located along a major commuter rail line in a once industrial section of Chicago’s West Loop, the site was ideally located, with spectacular city views, but nearly inaccessible. Given all of the adjacency restrictions, the HPA design team determined that the best planning choice was to make the residential project self contained and organized three buildings around two courts and a roof terrace. This arrangement provided a sense of calm and openness away from the congested alley. They also provide access to light, views, landscaping and a direct connection to the remainder of the district at bridge level.
The building’s unique sky profile has created a neighborhood icon and knit together two previously disconnected areas. Sales have been brisk despite the economic downturn and this once inaccessible corner has been reintegrated into the fabric of the surrounding community.