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The Contemporaine

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Identification

The Contemporaine
132121

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
caisson foundation
concrete
exposed structure
light gray
modernism

Usages

residential condominium
shop(s) parking

Facts

  • 52 units were originally marketed but the number was reduced to 28 because so many buyers consolidated units.
  • As in architect Ralph Johnson's previous work at Skybridge this building uses giant columns at the top and base to create a unique shape and to connect the residential floors visually to the ground.
  • In 2005 the building won an Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture from the American Institute of Architects national body.
  • In 2004 the building won an Honor Award for distinguished architecture from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
  • Four units each have a 2-or-3-story atrium, one at each corner of the building. These atrium units are staggered between different floors (11,12, 14, and 15).
  • This was the first high-rise built in Chicago with an unpainted concrete facade since River City in 1986.
  • The all-glass 4-story garage base is designed so people passing the building can view cars circulating on the ramps inside.
  • Features balconies cantilevered over the lot's edge like "mini-catwalks".
  • The garage is glazed in a playful pattern, with the windows arranged like bricks.
  • The second-highest penthouse sold for a higher price than the top floor, since it is slightly larger and features an oversized terrace.
  • The building uses a 4-pipe heating and cooling system, which allows different units to be heated and cooled at the same time.
  • Site prep began on June 10, 2002 with the demolition of an auto repair shop, and foundation work began on August 19.

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Location

516 North Wells Street
201 West Grand Avenue
516 North Wells Street
60610
Near North Side
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

163.92 ft
163.92 ft
135.67 ft
9.92 ft
81.00 ft
110.00 ft
15
1
Aug 2002
Feb 2004
2

Involved Companies

Perkins & Will

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Features & Amenities

  • Balconies are available
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