Halsted Street, Chicago, IL.
for Moran and Associates
This project explores the particular potential and limits of a
midblock site in Chicago’s popular West Loop Gate neighborhood.
Although the zoning ordinance permitted up to 43 dwelling units, the
74 foot lot width determined the number of units that were possible
due to the limited area within the building footprint that was
available to fit a below grade parking garage and access ramp. The
building comprises a total of 24 condominium units: floors 2 and 3
contain six units each, while floors 4 through 6 have four units per
floor. The first floor features two storefront retail spaces along
with the residential lobby and elevator. The underground parking
garage provides 18 parking spaces, while the rear of the lot
accommodates another 6 parking spaces within attached garages which
are accessed from the alley.
The midblock site position requires that the light and ventilation
requirements for each unit be met primarily through the front and rear
facades, but light wells are designed into the side lot line faces of
the building to provide light and air into the interior bedrooms of
the corner units and to anticipate the eventual lot-line-to-lot-line
development of the adjacent lots.
Each unit has an exterior balcony, which, at the corners, is semi
recessed. The front elevation is further articulated with projecting
central bay windows at floors 4,5,and 6 and projecting central
balconies at floors 2 and 3. The structural system is a concrete frame
which minimizes the floor depths and opens the primary building faces
to large areas of glass, while the concrete portal frames at the
centers of these facades provide both lateral bracing and conspicuous
elevation features. In concert, these elements convey a sleek, modern
appearance which is in keeping with the sophisticated taste of the
developers and their prospective buyers.