Vista

Creating intimacy in the public and living spaces of a large development necessary to appeal to the upscale, younger demographics of the prospective customer.

ABOUT

8201 Skokie, Blvd Skokie Illinois. 156 units in two 11-storytowers, 16 retail spaces, 286parking spaces. Project budget: $12 million

Goal

The client engaged a+c architects not only to design a major new multi-use (residential and retail) development on the North Shore, but to be fully engaged in deciding the specifications that would make the project a success. Through carrying out research to determine the optimal unit size, mix of units and buyer demographics, a+c architects delivered a new paradigm: a condominium community tailored to young professionals employed by the high-tech businesses surrounding the site, or commuting elsewhere with the prospect of a new train station opening in the area.The resulting plans will become the first building of height approved under new zoning ordinances in the area.

Challenges

Creating intimacy in the public and living spaces of a large development necessary to appeal to the upscale, younger demographics of the prospective customer.

Concept

The sheer mass of the two buildings housing over 150 units between them was broken up by incorporating recessed, accessible green spaces. a+c architects seized the opportunity to create a dramatic entry by obtusely angling the intersection of the two buildings. At the same time, this design served the purpose of giving additional square footage to the higher-priced units located on upper floors of the two buildings. The substantial number of residential and commercial parking spaces required for a project of this size is completely hidden from view by integrating a parking structure with three above-ground and two below-ground levels