block 37

location: chicago, il
program: mixed use
date: 2008

This proposal for Block 37 in Chicago’s loop is a “cube” organized into three programmatic volumes – office, parking, hotel – which are geometrically interlocked through a system of angled slopes and surfaces. A central interior public space emerges as the void between these volumes to become a lobby tying all programs together. A continuous surface wraps the building, offering the possibility for hotel balconies and cascading vegetation. Pedestrians are drawn into the interior public space at ground level and directed to interact horizontally and vertically inside the lobby and its attached interlocking spaces. Parking is mostly below grade with the office and hotel taking up the majority of the levels exposed to sunlight.