Curbed was trolling up the banks of the Chicago River the other day, checking out riverside development curiosities, when we happened upon this half-finished, Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed building on the WMS Gaming technology campus at California and Roscoe. Backing right up to the river, this transparent edifice features an atrium with a folded roof, lending the front of the building a scrappiness that appeals to the old warehouse aesthetic of the larger campus site. Otherwise, it would just be a hunk of glass, totally alien to the river's calm green banks and estranged from all the brick at its perimeter. Did we mention the LEED Platinum certification? Along with a green roof, the structure will capture rainwater and employ a low-energy lighting system. According to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Project Directory, there are only 14 other existing LEED Platinum buildings in Chicago, so this little guy is kind of a big deal. Opening Spring of 2012.
· WMS Gaming Design [SCB]
· LEED Projects Directory [U.S. Green Building Council]