2008 Residential Architect Design Award
2007 Merit Award, AIA NW & Pacific Region
2007 National AIA Housing Award, Multi-Family Category
2006 Merit Award, AIA Seattle Chapter
156 West Superior
A nine-story condominium project located
on a small lot in the revitalized River North district of Chicago.
A lobby and tenant parking will occupy the ground floor with
eight levels of housing above. Floors two through four are configured
with three-bedroom units on the south and one-bedroom flats to the
north. The fifth through ninth floors are single residences. All
units have outdoor decks designed to function as surrogate living
rooms. The ninth floor residence has an adjoining private roof deck
connected by an internal stair. Expressed structure, metal slat
screen walls, commercial storefront windows and an open plan will
characterize the experience of the building.
The structural frame becomes a visible system that lends scale and
identity to the building. The project aesthetic is firmly embedded
in the Chicago steel and glass I.I.T. School. The building is organized
like an irreducible living machine: stripped bare, rational and
waiting for a layer of domestication.