An architect and a con do developer whose past collaborations yielded several dramatic downtown structures—most notably, River North’s Contemporaine—have teamed up again to produce 235 Van Buren, a rare residential foray into the business district just south of the Board of Trade.
The 46-story building, designed by Ralph Johnson and built by Colin Kihnke’s CMK Development, features projecting balconies that dot the façade in assorted patterns, as well as an ascending vertical line that shifts to the horizontal as it wraps around the summit. Because the building has a low-slung ComEd cooling station to the west and an expressway cloverleaf to the south, residents on those sides will enjoy wide-open views.
Photograph: Courtesy of CMK Realty Corporation
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