Add one more new starchitect project for Chicago's Near North Side. Developer Related Midwest has just unveiled their new plan to build a Robert A.M. Stern designed tower in Streeterville, just a stone's throw from their recently completed 500 Lake Shore Drive development. According to the Chicago Tribune, the new tower is slated to stand at 67 stories and would contain a mixture of residences, including 400 luxury apartments and 100 condo units. The plan will also include 900 underground parking spaces and a rather large 70,000 square foot park just west of the tower. The news comes just a week after Chinese developer Wanda Group announced an 89 story apartment and hotel tower for Lakeshore East, just across the river from the newly unveiled Robert A.M. Stern project. It is still unknown whether or not the Wanda Group tower is a design from Chicago-based architect Jeanne Gang. Based out of New York City, Robert A.M. Stern's towers in Manhattan are well known to New Yorkers, however this new project will be the architect's first high profile tower for Chicago. Stern's classic limestone-clad, climbing towers with setbacks will certainly be a departure from the contemporary glass structures that have dominated new tower designs in Chicago since the real estate boom and bust of the aughts. More details about the project will be unveiled on July 28, when Related is scheduled to discuss the development at a community meeting hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly.
UPDATE: Though many of the facades of Robert A.M. Stern's towers in New York are covered in limestone, the architect has told the Tribune's Blair Kamin that most of this tower for Chicago will likely "be clad in precast concrete rather than limestone". However, the building's first two levels will be covered with stone instead of concrete.
·Large apartment-condo building planned for Streeterville [Tribune]
·Previous Related Midwest coverage [Curbed Chicago]