10/01/2010

Rooms with a View

Intimate, natural spaces are meticulously created within a mammoth residential development

 
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    Floor-to-ceiling glass maximizes natural light and takes advantage of the vistas afforded residents through unobstructed views. PHOTOS BY BILL TIMMERMAN, BILL TIMMERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY INC.

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    Three 2-story private lobbies, finished with black terrazzo floors and shot-blast white marble walls, help create a sense of place. PHOTOS BY BILL TIMMERMAN, BILL TIMMERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY INC.

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    Each tower was built and sold sequentially in separate phases, providing the needed cash flow for the next tower. PHOTOS BY BILL TIMMERMAN, BILL TIMMERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY INC.

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    The project is composed of three interlocking glass towers connected at multiple locations, which serve to lighten the mass and help frame views. Private balconies and green roofs further assist in transitioning living space to the outdoors. AERIAL PHOTO BY PETER ROSENDALE, PETER ROSENDALE PHOTOGRAPHY

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For residents of Optima Old Orchard Woods in Skokie, IL, the unobstructed views of treetops stretching west toward the horizon, southeast to the Chicago skyline, and east to Lake Michigan offer a welcome respite after a hectic workday. What's surprising, though, is that this relaxing realization of the American Dream is actually part of a massive 2 million-square-foot, mixed-use, multifamily community that includes 675 condominiums, five indoor recreational facilities, street-front commercial amenities, and enclosed parking.

"We were looking for simplicity," says David C. Hovey, president, founder, and owner of Optima Inc., "but that doesn't mean to say the project wasn't extremely well thought out." As the project's architect and construction manager, Optima Inc. needed to ensure the project offered both design sense and economic feasibility. The three interlocking towers – intermittently connected at multiple locations, which ultimately addressed the project's massive scale – were also conceived to provide the flexibility for each tower to be built and sold sequentially in separate phases. "As we finished the first 200 units in one tower, we were able to get cash flow into the project and move on to the next tower," Hovey explains, noting that a key design factor was to ensure it would appear to be one cohesive project when completed.


MERIT AWARD:

Optima Old Orchard Woods

CATEGORY: NEW CONSTRUCTION

Project Team

(partial list)

Architect/General Contractor (Award Submitter): Optima Inc.
Owner: Optima Old Orchard Woods LLC
Structural Engineer: CS Associates Inc.
Landscape Architect: Teska Associates Inc.

Today, the towers combine to frame a grand-entry courtyard oriented toward the woods. Open floor plans with floor-to-ceiling glass maximize natural light and take full advantage of the vistas through the building's sculpted towers. Private balconies and 3 acres of landscaped green roofs on eight different floor levels further assist in transitioning living space to the outdoors. The building's facade of shimmering extruded aluminum and energy-efficient glass curtainwall reflects the surrounding forest preserve. Openings in the building's facade – up to nine stories tall – serve to further lighten its mass while creating an elegant, highly sculptural profile from all perspectives.

Suppliers

Structure: Concrete Structures of the Midwest, Inc.
Roofing: Firestone
Elevators: Otis
Garden Roofs: American Hydrotech
Window Blinds: Levelor
Wood Flooring: Kahrs International
Carpet: Mohawk

 


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