the miller|hull partnership and studio dwell architects, seattle and chicago

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.”

principal in charge: David Miller, FAIA, The Miller|Hull Partnership
project architect: Brian Court, AIA, The Miller|Hull Partnership
project manager: Kurt Stolle, AIA, The Miller|Hull Partnership
local architect: Mark Peters, AIA, Studio Dwell Architects
developer: Bob Ranquist, Ranquist Development, Chicago
general contractor: Mark Skender, Skender Construction, Palos Hills, Ill.
project size: 900 square feet to 2,750 square feet per unit
site size: 0.1 acre
construction cost: $260 per square foot
sales price: $340,000 to $1.7 million per unit
number of units: 11
photography: Nic Lehoux

product specs
bathroom plumbing fixtures:Duravit USA, Grohe America, Hansgrohe; bathroom and kitchen cabinets:Arclinea Arredamenti S.p.A.; brick/masonry products:Van Poppelen Bros.; dishwasher, oven:Miele; entry doors: Alumital/Vitralum; exterior siding:Petersen Aluminum Corp.; fireplace/wood stove: CFM Corp. (Majestic Fireplaces); flooring (ceramic tile):Ann Sacks Tile & Stone; garbage disposer:KitchenAid; hvac equipment:Carrier Corp.; interior doors:Star Contractors Supply, Stock Building Supply; kitchen plumbing fixtures:Grohe America; lighting fixtures:d'ac Lighting, Lutron Electronics Co.; paints/stains:Benjamin Moore & Co.; patio doors, windows:Peerless Products; refrigerator:Sub-Zero; roofing:Sika Sarnafil; security system:Honeywell International