As the yet-to-be-built 74-story South Loop skyscraper known as 1000M prepares to start marketing its 323 luxury condominiums, a pair of newly-provided renderings offer the best look yet at the upcoming Helmut Jahn-designed tower. The 832-foot building will feature greenish blue glass, metal horizontal spandrels between each floor, and a crown screened in metallic mesh. Previous—and far less polished—renderings also hint at an unusual exterior lighting element repeated along the tower’s northeast edge.
Replacing a vacant lot at 1000 S. Michigan, the project comes from developers Time Equities, Oaks Capital, and JK Equities. It was originally proposed to rise 1001 feet and 86 stories before changes to the building guidelines for the Historic Michigan Avenue District resulted in a shorter, less boxy design. Still expected to make quite a visual impact, the modified project was approved by the city last year.
In addition to the latest images, there’s been a bit of activity at the empty Michigan Avenue lot where the tower is expected to rise. Earlier this week, a Skyscraperpage forum member posted an image of new blue fencing featuring the words “Seek Beauty.” This same marketing slogan is also displayed prominently on 1000M’s recently launched official website. Meanwhile, a sales gallery is on track to open this summer ahead of the project’s anticipated 2018 groundbreaking.
When delivered in 2021, the JAHN-designed project will join a number of high-rises set to transform the skyline of Chicago’s South Loop. These projects include One Grant Park—a 76-story rental project under construction at Roosevelt and Indiana—and the 56-story Essex on the Park apartment tower headed to 808 S. Michigan Avenue.