Project Description2008 RADA
Multifamily / Merit
Designed by The Miller|Hull Partnership, with Studio Dwell serving as local architect, this project references Chicago's much-admired early modern steel buildings. One judge called the result "balanced" and "well-ordered." The client wanted a contemporary aesthetic with raw forms, so "the challenge was how the project could [coexist] with adjacent brick and stone buildings," says Miller|Hull principal David Miller, FAIA. The firm used a concrete base and erected a steel-frame structural bay enclosed in glass, with cantilevered balconies for each unit. Expressed as a cross-brace, the framing and balconies help the building appear taller than its 120-foot height, holding its own among the steeper structures nearby.
Units span the entire width of the building and feature 10½-foot ceilings and polished concrete floors. "It's a pretty smart parti that results in magnificent spaces," said a judge. "It fits beautifully into the urban context."