© 2013 Loebl Schlossmann and Hackl

Chicago, IL
This proposal for a 2.4 million SF mixed-use complex includes retail, hotel, residential, parking and entertainment facilities. The structure occupies a full city block in downtown Chicago between North Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier, facing Cityfront Plaza and the Chicago River. A water feature at the end of the plaza axis distinguishes the main entrance off Cityfront Plaza.

A 77-story residential tower offering 583 units is positioned on the west and an all suites hotel on the east. Guest suites surround a central atrium that provides natural light to the hotel rooms and an interior garden. On the rooftop is a health club complete with a swimming pool and sun deck.

The towers spring from a retail podium where storefronts feature clear glass and colorful, textured neutral piers to attract pedestrian interest and potential customers, and to express individual store identities. Utilizing a variety of materials, the design breaks up the large scale of the building to distinguish its different functions.

Retail tenants will include national format stores and restaurants and entertainment amenities including a 10-screen cinema. Adjacent to the retail podium and under the hotel is a 1,200-car parking structure. Perforated panels mounted in aluminum frames form an attractive screen wall for the garage when viewed from the street or neighboring buildings.

Blue-tinted glass appears throughout the façade as an accent color and echoes the color of nearby Lake Michigan. Structural concrete finished in a beige stain complement the sandstone façades of the neighboring NBC and Tribune Towers.
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