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Contemporaine / Perkins + Will

  • 01:00 - 15 December, 2010
Contemporaine / Perkins + Will
Contemporaine / Perkins + Will, © Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography
© Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Architects

    Perkins + Will
  • Design Principal

    Ralph Johnson
  • Project Designer

    Bryan Schabel
  • Project Architect

    Marius Ronnet
  • Additional Team Members

    Curt Behnke, Cengiz Yetken, Nicolette Daly, Steve Santucci
  • Project Manager

    Dave Gutierrez and Nicol Chervenak
  • Technical Principal

    Fereidoon Afshari
  • Structural Engineering

    C.E. Anderson & Associates
  • Civil Engineering

    Terra Engineering
  • Mechanical Design Build Contractor

    AMS Mechanical Systems
  • Specifications

    Raymond Coleman
  • Mep and Fire Protection

    McGuire Engineers
  • Electrical Design Build Contractor

    New Aspen Electric
  • Plumbing Design Build Contractor

    C.J. Erikson Plumbing Co.
  • Fire Prot Design Build Contractor

    US Fire Protection Illinois, Inc.
  • Client Owner

    CMK Development Corporation
  • Construction Manager

    McShane Construction
  • Area

    96000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

From the architect. Contemporaine is a 28-unit condominium building located on a corner lot in the River North area of urban Chicago. The building consists of an eleven-story residential tower and a four-story retail and parking base. The sculptural quality of the tower and the articulation of its functional parts work to mediate the building to the varying scales of the surrounding context.

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© Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography

The mass of the tower is broken down by a series of slots scored down the façade with small cantilevered balconies. The east façade undulates to further break the mass as well as to provide more opportunities for views of the city skyline. Two concrete shear walls and the plane of the roof frame the design and provide a distinctive profile from Wells Street.

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© Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography

To bring the base to a pedestrian scale the structure of the parking garage is exposed with floor-to-ceiling glass between the floor slabs, similar to the tower above. On the north side of the building the dynamic expression of the sloped ramps leading to the upper parking levels adds relief and movement to the otherwise rectilinear structure.

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© Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography

At the entry corner the erosion of the mass, the projection of the cantilevered balconies above, and a 45-foot column, all reinforce the urban energy of the Contemporaine’s surroundings.

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© Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography

A narrow slot separates the base and tower, allowing necessary transfers of the building systems as the floor programs change from residential to parking. This detail also provides an aesthetic dialogue between the two elements and allows for a reading of the building as a series of combined parts of varying scales.

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© Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography

The top of the tower is sculpted to offer large terraces for the penthouse units and a gesture to the surrounding skyscrapers.

Typical floors at Contemporaine provide up to four condominiums with two and three bedrooms plans that can be combined to allow for larger units. Each unit has at least one private outdoor balcony. Unit sizes range from approximately 950 square feet to 2700 square feet.

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© Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography

The condos offer open floor plans with large expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass allowing natural light and dynamic views of the downtown skyline. Four penthouses on the top floors feature living spaces with 20 to 32-foot glass walls to further capture the daylight and the views.

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© Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography

The building stands out from most of its contemporaries in the city. Through simple manipulations of modern materials—the sculpted mass, dynamic resident entry, and the texture of the window mullions—the building makes a strong statement on the cityscape.

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© Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography
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35 Comments

Sazani · August 13, 2015

I think that is hard to come to such an incredible balance of lightness and transparency when you work with concrete but this building captures the right amount of both.

iSophistikated™ · August 26, 2012

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Arch.Sam .M · July 17, 2012

Good work work but overshadowed by surrounding skyscrappers.Sam from Kenya

Ruben Harris · March 28, 2012

Idea: A shipping-container replica of the Contemporaine building providing affordable housing to select candidates - http://t.co/oe03Jczu

Jeff House · February 13, 2012

Just one of the many architectural gems in Chicago. Build on just a quarter of an acre.15 stunning floors of... http://t.co/IpiPqFLr

fiorella · December 30, 2011
Gosia Kung, AIA · June 10, 2011

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Mohamed Y. Maarouf · June 08, 2011

i luv the straight lines! :) #architecture
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UGL-Equis- Szpyrka · February 16, 2011

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Perkins+Will Miami · December 16, 2010

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jdcarling · December 16, 2010

This is when I get super archi geek.

I love this building sooooooo much.

up_today_arch · December 16, 2010

Nice composition... It's belongs not to constructivism, but to good architecture...

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Andreas · December 16, 2010

Constructivism is back baby!

Jason · December 16, 2010

I too would like to see someone finally address the concrete/thermal bridge question. I keep seeing all these beautiful concrete and glass buildings. I love them... I'd like to know that they also work and are responsible works. Tell us about how they've thought about sustainability! How about including some details, sections, etc too...

It's a beautiful building, but its not that hard to make a beautiful building if you don't give a crap about sustainability.

rh · July 18, 2012 05:13 AM

there are many systems for it. just google for isokorf. its just one of the systems but there are many more.

just break up the concrete with some hard isolation material and put in some extra steel. thats all, pretty basic stuff in europe so i guess in the states u can find a lot of those systems too.

Jakov · December 16, 2010

Modernism on coke.
But very impressive, aesthetically.
And so luxurious too!

Holcim Awards · December 15, 2010

It would be nice to hear about the sustainable features they integrated into the design, if any. For a luxury condo tower it would be nice to see if the developer and architects thought about social and environmental issues.

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JJ · December 15, 2010

It's a really beautiful building but exposed concrete floor plates in Chicago = thermal bridge.

patrick · December 15, 2010

this is one of those rare buildings which, i think, doesnt look nearly as good in photographs as it does in real life...

Rizky · July 20, 2012 09:41 AM

I think so too, something about this building...

Kevin Perera · July 01, 2012 03:35 AM

Well then it must truly be a stunning looking building in real life, because I think it looks fantastic in the photographs.

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