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  5. Valerio Dewalt Train
  6. 2016
  7. Vue53 / Valerio Dewalt Train

Vue53 / Valerio Dewalt Train

  • 13:00 - 10 November, 2017
Vue53 / Valerio Dewalt Train
Vue53 / Valerio Dewalt Train, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

© Steve Hall © Barbara Karant © Steve Hall © Tom Harris + 38

  • Interior Design

    Searl Lamaster Howe
  • Branding

    Media Objectives at Valerio Dewalt Train
  • Project Partner

    University of Chicago
  • Client

    Avison Young Development / Peak Campus / Blue Vista Capital Management
  • General Contractor

    James McHugh Construction Co
  • Civil

    Gloger Engineers, LTD.
  • Lighting

    Hugh Lighting Design, LLC
  • Landscape

    Jacobs Ryan Associates
  • Structural

    Robert Darvas Associates
  • Mechanical

    AMS Mechanical Systems, Inc.
  • Electrical

    Environmental Systems Design
  • Plumbing

    Cartland Kraus Engineering, LTD.
  • Fire Protection

    Fire Protection Company
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© Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

Text description provided by the architects. Vue53 is the newest addition to the rapidly evolving skyline of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. A mixed-use development with 267 units, modern amenities, and 28,000 sf of retail space, Vue53 offers contemporary living space in an historic area.

© Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

Although home to the University of Chicago, Hyde Park has long lacked a town center. To strengthen connections to the neighborhood and boost the economy, the university partnered with the city and local community leaders to redevelop the 53rd Street dining/shopping/retail corridor. As part of these efforts, the university selected the team of Avison Young Development, Peak Campus Development, and financial partner Blue Vista Capital Management to develop, finance and manage a mixed-use residential community on 53rd Street across the street from Nichols Park.

© Tom Harris
© Tom Harris

Once the retail center of Hyde Park, 53rd Street is lined with an eclectic mix of three- to four-story buildings punctuated with eight- to 10-story buildings, such as the 1920s-era Hyde Park Bank Building, which reaches the same height as Vue53. At 13 stories tall, Vue53’s blue glass-clad exterior and rectilinear concrete frame symbolizes the rebirth of 53rd street as a retail and entertainment destination.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The architecture carefully responds to its context. The 10-acre Nichols Park extends from the university campus on 55th street all the way to 53rd street, where Vue53 acts as a bookend to the park. The mass of the building is divided into two towers. The south tower is on 53rd street; voids in the elevation minimize the structure’s perceived mass while framing views of the park across the street. The north tower is set 100 feet back from the street to minimize its mass. Parking occupies the two floors above the retail level, screened from 53rd Street by apartments and amenity spaces lining the south facade.

© Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

In addition to studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, Vue53 offers amenities such as a game room, an exercise room, and outdoor sun decks, including a large communal roof deck that provides sweeping views of the city’s South and West Sides. Although open to all, Vue53 is tailored to appeal to design-savvy graduate students and university faculty and staff, with its exposed concrete interiors and two-story collaborative study spaces. To maintain affordability, units are 800 sf or less. Fifteen percent of the units are dedicated to affordable housing, reinforcing the neighborhood’s already diverse community. Affordable units are scattered throughout the building and are identical to the market-rate units.

© Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

A Target occupies two-thirds of the ground-floor commercial space, providing the area with much-needed neighborhood-serving retail. Working beyond the architecture, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates collaborated closely with its in-house design studio, Media Objectives (M-O), and Searl Lamaster Howe Architects to design experiential graphics and interior spaces, respectively.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Vue53 / Valerio Dewalt Train" 10 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/882992/vue53-valerio-dewalt-train/> ISSN 0719-8884