Contemporaine is a building of 28 apartments situated on a corner in River North, a section of Chicago. The building consists of a 11-story residential tower and a base of 4 floors of parking and commerce. The structural quality of the tower and the articulation of their parts, working to mediate the various scales of building surrounding context.
The great mass of the building is broken by a series of bands of small protruding cantilevered balconies. The east facade cracks to break even as well as for mass give more views of the city. Two reinforced concrete walls and the ceiling plane frame the volume and give a different profile to Wells Street.
To generate a pedestrian scale basement, the structure of circular pillars parking glass is exposed to soil pit between the slabs, as in the top of the tower. On the north side of the building, dynamic expression of sloped slabs rising to parking, add lightness and movement the other linear frame.
At the corner of access, the erosion of the mass, the projection of cantilevered balconies and columns of 1.3 m, reinforcing the urban energy surrounding the building. A narrow slot between the base and tower Allowing the necessary transfer of building systems and emphasizes the floor where it changes the residential lot. This detail also generates a dialogue between the two elements and allows an interpretation of the building as a series of combined parts at different scales.
The pinnacle of the tower is sculpted to create large terraces for the departments of double height and generate a gesture in keeping with the surrounding skyscrapers. The floor type has up to 4 apartments of 2 and 3 bedrooms that can be combined to create larger units. Each department has at least one private balcony. The areas vary from 289 m2 to 822 m2.
The departments have free plants with large expanses of glass allowing natural light and dynamic views of the city. The building is distinguished from most of his contemporaries in the city. Through simple manipulations of modern materials, sculpted body, the access of residents, and texture generated by the arrangement of windows, the building makes a strong statement of the urban landscape.
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