After a long and contentious gestation, Hyde Park’s contemporary looking Vue53 development welcomed its first tenants this fall. Vue53’s modular design was drawn-up by Chicago-based Valerio Dewalt Train Associates and was described by Chicago Tribune architecture columnist Blair Kamin as a successful execution of “Jenga architecture,” blurring the line between apartment building and dormitory.
The glassy, 13-story structure situated at 1330 East 53rd—the street that gives Vue53 its name— is aimed towards a hipper, younger demographic with its 267 rental units rendered in no-frills raw concrete. Considering the property is just a short walk from the University of Chicago, the project’s more minimalist approach to high-rise living makes sense for the area.
Residents of the building have access to a fourth floor amenity level that includes a sodded outdoor terrace, exercise facility, and business center. Meanwhile, a ground floor Target store bolsters 53rd Street’s retail corridor. Vue53’s Facebook page recently published a collection of photos showing off the building’s architecture, amenities, as well as a model apartment unit. Check out the full 42 picture gallery here.
- Vue53 [Official website]
- Jenga architecture trend works in new Hyde Park apartments [Chicago Tribune]
- Hyde Park's Embattled Vue53 Development is Ready to Dig In [Curbed Chicago]
- Previous Hyde Park coverage [Curbed Chicago]