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Old December 15th, 2007, 10:20 PM   #41
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Reminds me a little of the Boutique Monaco in Seoul. Here's a link to some renders on bldg blog:
http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/study-in-mass.html
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Old January 13th, 2008, 10:28 PM   #42
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Condo high-rise on track for Hyde Park
By Jeanette Almada | Special to the Tribune
January 13, 2008
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A 26-story tower, the largest condo planned for the South Side's Hyde Park neighborhood in more than a decade, has won Plan Commission approval.

Antheus Capital LLC, of New Jersey, will develop the 145-unit project, Solstice on the Park.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classi...,3462095.story
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:43 PM   #43
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Great news! This is design is a gutsy move. This project shows the value of Hyde Park to the city.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 02:35 AM   #44
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Old January 21st, 2008, 03:57 AM   #45
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^ Beautimus!
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Old January 21st, 2008, 04:04 AM   #46
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Any word on marketing for this and/or a website? Would love to see this one happen!
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Old January 21st, 2008, 04:07 AM   #47
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^ BVictor1 posted over at SSP that Solstice has a full-page ad in today's Trib.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 09:53 PM   #48
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What an ugly building for beautiful Chicago.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #49
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Lynn Becker blogs about Solstice, and cites SSC's very own i_am_hydrogen along the way (added emphasis is mine):

http://arcchicago.blogspot.com/

.....Load tests on Solstice's shear walls to the east and west identified areas where the concrete carried comparatively little force, allowing voids to be cut into walls. The voids get larger as the wall rises and carries less weight, that open up what would otherwise be rather monolithic forms. Antheus will be seeking LEED certification for the project, which will also pursue such niceties as recycling rainwater for lawn irrigation. (factoids courtesy of I am hydrogen's post on a November community meeting on skyscraper city.com.).....

Oh, and I get egg on my face in the comments section.

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No one-bedroom units, and prices start at around 500,000.

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Old January 24th, 2008, 06:13 PM   #50
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That's strange considering that the post of mine which he cites in his article simply quotes what Chicago Shawn, who actually attended the meeting, had to say about it. Shawn deserves the credit.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #51
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^ Yup, I noticed that too (unfortunate but correctable) - but a plug for SSC nonetheless.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #52
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BTW, Antheus (through its subsidiary, Mac Properties) has become a major player in the Hyde Park real estate scene, in just a short period of time. This map shows their current holdings there:


http://www.macapartments.com/mac/a_ch_hp_overview.html

Should Solstice do well, I'd hope to see more intelligently-designed projects from them in the future.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #53
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if this is what 'environmentally friendly' means in the context of what the future of architectural design is, then i prefer a time when we didn't care so much about the environment.

more disturbing though is that if this building wasn't designed by the local architect flavor-of-the-month, we wouldn't even be having this conversation right now. i could go to any school of architecture right now and find a better example of eco-friendly design.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 04:01 AM   #54
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more disturbing though is that if this building wasn't designed by the local architect flavor-of-the-month, we wouldn't even be having this conversation right now. i could go to any school of architecture right now and find a better example of eco-friendly design.
^ Alright, you go do that
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Old January 25th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #55
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^ Alright, you go do that
^ LOL Make that a buildable design. But it's all a big conspiracy, see? The invisible hand of the Nameless Tastemaker - THE MAN - pulls the strings, rams some ephemeral aesthetic caprice into the gullets of local developer puppets who then become witting design slaves to the Great Tastemaker.

Gotta love the conspiracy theorists.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 09:04 PM   #56
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you're right. Jeanne Gang is better than chocolate, reinvented the wheel, and knows the last digit in Pi because she worked for Rem Koolhaas.....please.

the sad truth is that Chicago architecture in general is lame and takes no chances. this building does, but is ugly. i would hope you can do green in a sexy way.

American architecture other than Steven Holl's work or the occasional Gehry building is terribly ordinary. it's a real shame.

if you want to see true modernism and exploration, take a look at some projects going on right now in Europe or even Mexico. http://www.psa-publishers.com/

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Old January 25th, 2008, 09:15 PM   #57
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In a few years, being "green" will be a regular part of any building design. Most proposed/uc buildings are already vying for some level of LEED certification, and they certainly don't go to the eco-extremes that this puppy does. It's definitely an interesting design, but I can't imagine it will spawn an entire movement or trend.

So, does the design of this building make for BIG environmental improvements, when compared to other green-but-more-mainstream buildings? In other words, is it ACTUALLY way greener, or does it just LOOK way greener?
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Old January 25th, 2008, 10:46 PM   #58
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you're right. Jeanne Gang is better than chocolate, reinvented the wheel, and knows the last digit in Pi because she worked for Rem Koolhaas.....please.
What is it with you & straw man arguments? No one else is claiming that Solstice is going to be the next Taj Mahal, no one else has mentioned Gang's internship with Koolhaas - some of us just like the building.

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the sad truth is that Chicago architecture in general is lame and takes no chances......American architecture other than Steven Holl's work or the occasional Gehry building is terribly ordinary. it's a real shame.
What does any of this have to do with Solstice? Again, some of us just like the building.

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.....this building does (take chances), but is ugly. i would hope you can do green in a sexy way.....

Okay, this is more like it - no straw men, no trolling, no epigrams - just a straight-up opinion.

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Old January 25th, 2008, 11:38 PM   #59
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In a few years, being "green" will be a regular part of any building design. Most proposed/uc buildings are already vying for some level of LEED certification, and they certainly don't go to the eco-extremes that this puppy does. It's definitely an interesting design, but I can't imagine it will spawn an entire movement or trend.

So, does the design of this building make for BIG environmental improvements, when compared to other green-but-more-mainstream buildings? In other words, is it ACTUALLY way greener, or does it just LOOK way greener?
Part of this may just be smart branding - consider the sensibilities of the Hyde Park neighborhood - Solstice's overt green qualities probably helped get this baby approved, and mitigated any anti-development protests.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 11:47 PM   #60
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if you want to see true modernism and exploration, take a look at some projects going on right now in Europe or even Mexico. http://www.psa-publishers.com/
I kinda like this one. It has a terrace for raising chickens! It has a funny name! And it is on point! (though neither European nor Mexican ):


http://www.psa-publishers.com/index....bdw_aktuell_us


(Edit 1/26 - not being snide - I really do like this building)

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