The team behind the upcoming skyscraper for 1000 S. Michigan Avenue have offered a first real look at the amenities and common spaces backing up the luxury condo tower. This week’s big image drop is one more teaser for the tower, which was first unveiled over two years ago. Previously, the tower’s development partners Time Equities, JK Equities, and Oak Capitals released images of the tower’s evolving exterior design from Helmut Jahn and a look at the unit finishes by Kara Mann. But today, we get a comprehensive rundown and view of the amenities that will be featured in the high-profile condo tower via new renderings provided to Curbed Chicago by the team behind the project.
The contest for upscale and unique amenities has been a major theme of this latest development cycle, which has seen thousands of new rental units and hundreds of condos delivered each year in Chicago. While new developments out in the neighborhoods opt for more playful amenities like rooftop bocce ball and repurposed transit cars as gathering places, downtown developments have been focused on more upscale and design-focused interiors and amenities to stand out from the crowd. Being a for-sale condo development, the upcoming 1000M appears to borrow from the successes of new hotel, rental, and condo developments to deliver some different features amenities.
The tower for 1000 S. Michigan, simply titled 1000M, is no exception to this trend. Unit and common space designs from Kara Mann reveal a more contemporary version of luxury with high-end materials and a holistic vision for spaces and how they work together. The interior look is not your loud and tacky “luxury” aesethic that was ubiquitous during the previous development boom, instead, 1000M seeks a more refined and sophisticated vibe with its highly stylized common areas and amenities like a large library lounge and music conservatory.
We’ll start from the top and work our way down through the building and some of the amenity offerings.
No residential tower in Chicago is complete without some sort of rooftop feature. And for 1000M, one such deck will be located way up at the building’s 72nd floor, offering sweeping views of the city and Lake Michigan. At 800-feet-high, the common rooftop terrace at 1000M will be one of the highest in Chicago.
The upscale residential skyscraper will also feature its own club space with a full-service bar. Located on the 72nd floor, the club and lounge features a prominent living wall and earthy-colored furniture to match. Directly across from the green wall is a wall of tall glass windows looking out on the rooftop deck and Chicago skyline.
Music conservatory and formal dining room
Every new high-end rental tower has its own flavor and its own take on amenities, and 1000M is no exception. Instead of generic event spaces with enormous flat-screen TVs, the tower will feature more sophisticated spaces such as a music conservatory, library, and formal dining room. Views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan also make prominent appearances in these spaces.
In addition to its rooftop deck located 800 feet above ground level, the tower will also boast a landscaped amenity deck on the 11th floor. Similar to competing towers, this sprawling roof deck space will feature fire pits and outdoor grills. But instead of standalone grills, the means of cooking will also be integrated with sinks and outdoor dining tables.
Located on the same level as the landscaped deck space, the outdoor pool area will feature a full-sized swimming pool along with seating. The corners of the pool will be flanked on the corners by cabanas while a landscaped hedge wall will offer some privacy to those lounging by the pool.
Again, a spa isn’t a particularly unique or unusual feature at upscale residential towers, but the difference is that 1000M’s is much more design-focused than some competing offerings.
It’s common for residential towers to feature some sort of business amenity like conference rooms or private work spaces, but the library lounge at 1000M is certainly a more contemporary take that will likely see folks gathering to socialize or get some work done. And there actually is a bookshelf area with seating for folks to get some reading in.
The ubiquitous fitness center—every apartment and condo tower has one. The design of 1000M’s is interesting in that it features a large mirror wall in the center separating the cardio machines and weight benches, offering privacy in a relatively confined space.
Porte cochere and lobby
And finally, we end on the ground level. While the porte cochere is generally not the most exciting aspect of a tower’s design, here we can really see how Helmut Jahn and Kara Mann’s visions not only blend together, but how they compliment one another.
We got a first look at the unit interiors last month, but the team behind 1000M have unveiled even more. Here, we get a more detailed look at the kitchen and bedroom layouts and finishes.
If the final product matches the vision Helmut Jahn and Kara Mann have for the tower, 1000M is poised to become a contemporary Chicago classic. It’s safe to say that the tower features Kara Mann’s best work in Chicago as it embodies current design trends in the best way. And while Helmut Jahn’s original 1,030-foot-tall design was nixed by the City of Chicago Landmarks Commission, the evolving style and aesthetic does not disappoint.
The planned construction start in 2018 means that 1000M will face stiff competition in the high-end market, as construction continues on the other upscale for-sale residential projects like the Vista Tower in Lake Shore East and Related Midwest’s One Bennett Park tower in Streeterville. However, the capping of Grant Park with designs from Helmut Jahn and Rafael Viñoly will certainly add some future icons to Chicago’s already iconic skyline.
- 1000M [official website]
- A first look at the Kara Mann-designed interiors for 1000M [Curbed Chicago]
- Another look at the South Loop’s upcoming 1000M tower [Curbed Chicago]