Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Since the growth of Chicago's entertainment industry and the extension of Navy Pier, the neighborhood has seen resurgence. Today, the street surrounding the Lofts at River East is dotted with residential and professional high-rises, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and a movie theater. Across the street is public transportation access, a large public park with a fenced-in dog friendly area and bike share stations nearby. Completed in the fall of 2015 after sitting empty for many years, the 18-month gut rehabilitation of this historic building added modern space for retail, office, restaurants and high-end residential loft units, a vibrant mixed-use amenity for the community. The design of the building preserved vintage architectural features. The original brick walls, enormous wood support columns and plank ceilings were largely left in place. Those historic elements are offset Above: The roof deck hardscape is custom cut granite pavers on pedestals. The Zen Rock Garden is illuminated by 13.75" dia. 'Moonlight' globes with 7-watt compact fluorescent bulbs. The molded polyethylene globes are "extremely impact resistant," per the manufacturer. Middle: The 19.6-watt LED bollards are made of marine grade aluminum. The light fixtures mounted to the trellis poles and to the brick walls fa├žade are 'F+P' LEDs. The light glows through the clear acrylic cylindrical housings for a lantern effect. The benches are a hard, dense and water-resistant native wood of Central and South America called Peltogyne, aka "Amaranth" or "Purpleheart." The wood is light brown when first cut, but takes on a darker purple hue as it ages. The planters include a sedum mix (foreground) and a variety of juniper shurbs. 62 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The Lofts at River East is a 5-story, 547,000 square foot building in Chicago's Streeterville community. It was originally constructed in 1905, and previously housed the historic Pugh Terminal Warehouse. Positioned between the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier, Streeterville has a storied past as a former railroad and has been through many years of blight and neglect.

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