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Old January 31st, 2006, 04:16 AM   #1
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CHICAGO | City Lofts | 264 ft | 22 fl | Com



Checking out the website of one of my favorite Chicago architecture firms, Valerio Dewalt Train, I came across a rendering of this building. It was called "Reebie Lofts" which I found confusing. "Reebie" in my mind denotes the Reebie Moving and Storage Co. on the North Side.

Does anyone have any knowledge about this building? Given that its a rental, and the fact that the South Loop is hot and seems to lack apartments following recent condo conversions, shouldn't we expect to see this one soon? The 'gestation' period for this one shouldn't be too long, no?

Maybe this is wishful thinking, as I am really dying to see this tower go up. When I first saw a rendering on SP, I was excited, but today when I saw that it was a VDT product, I become enthralled with it.

So what's the deal with this one? What's at 1401 South State now? Can anyone with more information (e.g. printers..) speculate on the prospects of this project?

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Old January 31st, 2006, 07:22 PM   #2
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Old April 1st, 2006, 03:14 PM   #3
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Took a look at this site this morning. Omega Demolition is setting up construction barricades around the perimeter of the building 1401 - 1421 South State and have punch a whole into the North side of the building.


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Old April 2nd, 2006, 07:38 PM   #4
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^ Seems like a reasonable improvement from what was there before
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 08:14 PM   #5
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The rendering on their website looks slimmer
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 08:24 PM   #6
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Hmm... of the two I perfer the wider one. I'm not a huge fan of either, but the narrower one just seems really unbalanced to me.
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 08:26 PM   #7
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^ The wider one seems too bulky.

I like the slimmer one
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 08:27 PM   #8
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How tall is the warehouse that this is replacing? I'm counting 22 stories for this apt building
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 11:10 PM   #9
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Reebie Storage consists of three buildings the tallest is 8 stories.

Spyguy - yeah it looks alot slimmer in your version. I grab mine off the Eporis Site it might be an old one.



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Old June 30th, 2006, 10:39 PM   #10
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Looking South 14th place and State




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Old June 30th, 2006, 10:59 PM   #11
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Ah, thanks for reminding me about this project.

I might have brought this up before (?) and forgotten, but I saved this image of Reebie Lofts on VDTA's website a while back



Looks nothing like the previous versions - anyone know what's going on?
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Old September 13th, 2006, 12:21 AM   #12
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This (on VOA's website) is the latest official design, as I finally confirmed today

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Old September 13th, 2006, 12:52 AM   #13
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I like this one best of all, actually, especially the cantilevered balcony column there.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 01:10 AM   #14
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I wonder what prompts architects to change their designs around? I know that money and pressure from developers/neighbors is one facter. But in this case, as in some others we've seen, the architect rather arbitrarily made changes that are unlikely to have an impact on finances/neighbors, etc.

Is it just a matter of preferred design? Is the city pushing architects to be more creative? Just wondering, like in this case for example, what may have motivated the architect to make these changes?
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Old September 13th, 2006, 02:52 AM   #15
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I wonder what prompts architects to change their designs around? I know that money and pressure from developers/neighbors is one facter. But in this case, as in some others we've seen, the architect rather arbitrarily made changes that are unlikely to have an impact on finances/neighbors, etc.

Is it just a matter of preferred design? Is the city pushing architects to be more creative? Just wondering, like in this case for example, what may have motivated the architect to make these changes?
Motivation for change, at least from my experience is almost always going to come from the client. If a client is unhappy with the way a design is progressing (rarely on the part of the Architect), based upon their own discretion then they will pay for additional services to modify the design. On the other hand, if a client is realizing that their desired building will cost more than they initially bugdeted then they will ask the Architect to scale back on many elements of the project that might be deemed expendable ("value-engineering"). In this case, it could merely be that the client/developer simply wanted a different look to the exterior cladding, and I bet you dollars to donuts that the floor plans are relatively unchanged.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 06:57 PM   #16
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It's a shame. I really liked all the exposed bracing on the previous version. This is still nice but I think it's a step backwards.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 09:33 PM   #17
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Does anyone have a height/floor count for this one? According to Emporis, it's 263'/22 floors, but the old rendering is still up over there. The new render looks to have 20-22 floors, but I can't be certain.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 10:25 PM   #18
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^ I'm still counting 22 floors
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Old February 27th, 2007, 06:45 AM   #19
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Crain's says today it will be called City Lofts and have 287 units.
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