2011 – 2012
671,000 square feet
Loewenberg Architects, Architect of Record; CSA, Structural; Mackie Consultants, Civil; Wolff Landscape Architecture, Landscape
Aluminum curtain wall, aluminum window wall and storefront, clear, translucent and fritted glass, stainless steel entry canopy, metal panels
Darris Lee Harris
This glass tower was designed in the tradition of Chicago modernism, rising 47 stories above Wacker Drive to overlook Lakeshore East Park, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. In addition to 515 residential units, the mixed-use tower contains retail and amenities. All parking is located below Wacker Drive, enhancing the pedestrian experience at street level.
A composition of light and translucency, Coast features unique, continuous balconies on the north and south façades. A distinctive design element, they also provide private outdoor space nearly unmatched within the downtown Chicago rental market.
The visual character of Coast stands out among its neighbors along the Chicago River. Glass handrails on the balconies create a strong horizontal line juxtaposed with curtain walls of clear, translucent, fritted glass. The horizontally captured balconies coupled with the glass end-walls combine to create the appearance of a pure glass tower form on the skyline.