Streeter Place, Golub & Company’s newest building, redefines city living with thoughtful design and environmentally friendly architecture. Streeter Place completes a pair of buildings in Chicago’s Streeterville’s neighborhood that together stand in contrast to the more typical urban fabric, yet manage to fit beautifully into the architecture of the area.
Chicago (PRWEB) — Streeter Place, Golub & Company’s new luxury apartment building located at 355 E. Ohio St., is nearly finished, marking the completion of a pair of buildings that convey an inspired vision for urban living to the Streeterville neighborhood.
Slated to open in August 2009, Streeter Place and its sister structure, The Streeter (345 E. Ohio St.), represent Golub & Co.’s overall objective to redefine city living with the creation of two buildings that exude luxury and convenience, while also being environmentally conscious and thoughtfully designed to enhance the neighborhood. Golub & Co.’s executive vice president Lee Golub and John Lahey, chairman at architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz, charged themselves with designing a unique building that added to the landscape of the area.
“Our commitment to be a ‘good urban neighbor’ has driven the entire project,” said Steven Hubbard, AIA, associate principal at Solomon Cordwell Buenz. “Instead of filling the entire block with monotonous concrete and glass, we broke the block in two, creating two sister structures. Between the two we built a private drive to ease area congestion, providing added convenience for residents of both buildings as well as a landscaped park. The soothing park space, along with the cool exterior palette of white and blue-greens, provides an interesting contrast to the urban fabric of the area.”
One of the most exclusive elements in Streeter Place and The Streeter is the use of technologically advanced Azura glass, an energy-efficient component that maximizes interior sunlight and minimizes interior heat buildup from the sun. Azura, Hubbard says, is the best glass out there. It’s also an exclusive. No other major residential high-rise building in the Midwest has it. Azura also eliminates the night mirror effect that high-rise residents have tolerated in other buildings. To complement the environmentally friendly emerald glass, Hubbard added a green landscaped roof that doesn’t absorb heat.
Streeter Place not only complies with Chicago’s New Energy Code with grace and sophistication, it exceeds in many areas of environmentally sustainable design. In addition to the Azura glass, the landscaped park and permeable paving with an underground crushed stone resevoir reduce storm water runoff. Much of the building material – concrete, drywall and the exterior wall system – were locally sourced and produced. A cooling tower and heat-exchanger allow the building take advantage of “free” cooling in the off-season. Finally, well positioned bicycle storage on the premises with efficient access encourages alternative transportation.
Streeter Place’s exterior is a strong and intriguing form composed of two slender curves; together with The Streeter, the two buildings cast multiple curvilinear forms against the Chicago skyline.
Interior design elements carry that curved profile through to the dramatic lobby, featuring an eclectic blend of terrazzo, rich anigre wood and contemporary glass.
With 480 high-end rental units in a 53-story tower, the new apartment homes offer luxury finishes that compete with many new condominiums. Well-appointed studio, convertible, one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two and three bedroom apartments include large panoramic windows that allow residents to feel a strong connection to the city. Everything needed for the consummate urban lifestyle is included: elegant kitchens, in-apartment washers and dryers, bathrooms with refined features and abundant closet space. On the 12 floor, Club 355 combines a professional fitness center, outdoor pool and grill area, business center, media room, and many other thoughtful amenities.
The two Streeter buildings embody urban planning and urban living at its finest. Standouts with uncommon architectural touches and respect for their environment, the two residences stand in contrast to the more typical urban fabric, yet manage to fit beautifully into the architecture of the area. In the hub of exciting and sophisticated city living, Streeter Place and The Streeter succeed in making a beautiful impact by being a good urban neighbor.