Developers have tapped architect Lucien Lagrange to design a 27-story residential building for suburban Oak Brook, Illinois. If approved and completed as proposed, the tower would eclipse a pair of 13-story buildings to become the village’s tallest structure.
Bucking against the recent development trend that has long favored rental apartments, the project at 1900 Spring Road will contain between 75 to 85 high-end condominium units priced from $1 million to $3 million, reports the Chicago Tribune. The building aims to attract affluent western suburban buyers looking to downsize from large single family homes.
Developer Jupiter Realty, who is behind the recently topped-off 465 North Park apartment tower in Streeterville and a combination Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites project in the West Loop gate, hopes to formally present its plans to Oak Brook officials this spring and break ground in 2019.
Based on renderings of the proposal, the design is classic Lucien Lagrange. The French-born architect penned Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria, Ritz-Carlton Residences, and Lincoln Park 2550 and is known for his 19th century-inspired touches like mansard roofs, oversized motor courts, rounded balconies, and pre-cast concrete facades designed to mimic stone panels.
While Jupiter’s Jerry Ong described the Oak Brook design as “timeless” in a recent interview with the Trib, others—including Chicago Plan Commissioner Linda Searl—have criticized Lagrange’s previous work for being too reliant on outdated architectural motifs.
The suburban high-rise could welcome residents in the summer of 2020, provided approvals and construction move forward as planned.
- 27-story luxury condo development would be tallest building in Oak Brook [Chicago Tribune]