LAKE SHORE DRIVE LOBBY
This high-rise condominium building, designed by noted Chicago architect Harry Weese in 1979, is located on a downtown block of Lake Shore Drive that has evolved into one of the most prominent residential addresses in the country. The lobby, set back under the footprint of the building behind a screen of structural columns, had grown dated and required a revitalization to match the quality of the building and neighborhood.
The design concept called for a complete renovation of the lobby into a sophisticated and welcoming space that respects the modernist language of the exterior. Program requirements included an enlarged vestibule, custom reception desk, new revolving door and ADA compliant entrance, custom lighting, and improved circulation patterns with an enhanced sense of spaciousness.
The exterior wall was replaced with a floor-to-ceiling glass facade to increase daylight exposure. The light palette of the new flooring works with the white veneer plaster ceiling to reflect light into the lobby spaces. Ceiling heights were increased and the ceiling was detailed with cove lighting and a step profile border to promote a sense of space.
Elegant and durable materials are used in high-traffic areas. Classic walnut paneling and porcelain tile flooring define a contemporary and inviting space. Enlarged marble-clad door portals and widened passageways allow for improved circulation. A recessed doorman niche widens the entry space to make room for a custom marble and walnut reception desk that greets residents with restrained elegance.