After designing the Landmark West Loop tower along the Eisenhower Expressway at the south edge of the West Loop, Morris Adjmi Architects was commissioned to design another building at 900 West Randolph Street, right in the heart of the historic Fulton Market District. As proposed, 900 West Randolph will be a 495-foot building consisting of 272 condominium units, 146 well-concealed parking stalls, retail spaces at street level, and a podium-top indoor and outdoor amenity space.
The design draws inspiration from the architectural details and textures of its Chicago surroundings, taking cues from the Chicago school of structural expressionism. In its detailing and articulation, the design references the work of Mies van der Rohe to inform the exaggerated channels and beams. The design also draws inspiration from bridges over the Chicago River, the “El,” and some of the larger infrastructure and engineering projects around Chicago.
The project is part of a larger planned development that involved the restoration of historic brick buildings adjacent to the project site. The building’s podium creates a streetscape that embraces the height of the neighbors by matching the existing streetwall and then setting the tower further back, allowing for wider view corridors as well as greater light and air circulation at street level.
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