Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

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by modern designs, new windows and upgraded mechanical systems. As part of a multidisciplinary consultant team, site design group, ltd. led the design and detailing of an expansive and innovative amenity deck on top of the existing rooftop with a sparse budget of $900,000. The amenity deck design reflects the architectural intent through a combination of modern and rustic design elements. One of the biggest challenges of the rooftop was the large amount of existing HVAC equipment that could not be moved. The design seamlessly incorporates several elevation changes while still providing accessible, unique, and functional design elements. The deck features a wide range of programming and uses to accommodate the various tenants and residents in the building. The hardscape palette of precast concrete pavers, crushed stone, ipe furnishings, wall cladding, screening and trellises complements the brick and steel aesthetic of the building, while the green space – encompassing more than half of the roof area - provides softness and movement through textural native and adapted plantings. A central garden located adjacent to the elevator entrance is planted with lush, seasonal ornamental grasses and perennials, greeting the visitor as they enter the amenity deck, and providing ample opportunities for small gatherings. Two bar areas, five barbecue areas and a "chef's kitchen" with adjacent seating area provide ample opportunity for cooking meals, rooftop happy hour, and hosting special events. A movie screen with seating lawn and overlooking lounge area is a popular spot for summer movie nights, morning yoga practice and celebratory events. A sun deck overlooking the Chicago River and Lake Michigan provides respite and relaxation. Two sunken gabion fire pits with surrounding seating offer evening gathering opportunities and ample views of the Chicago skyline. On the north side of the building offers privacy and reflection with a stone Zen Garden lit by Moonlight globes. With myriad residential floor plans and the attraction of a bustling and vibrant community, the Lofts at River East quickly attracted commercial, restaurant, and retail tenants, as well as a diverse range of residents, including professional singles and couples, students and entrepreneurs who work at home. Contributing to the success of this historic rehabilitation, the rooftop amenity deck added much needed green space for this community, quickly becoming a popular spot for social events, relaxation, and respite throughout the day and night. Team AH River East LLC / Group Fox CharterSills: architectural lighting design Fitzgerald Associates Architects Ghafari Associates Intrinsic Landscaping Klaucens & Associates Shiner and Associates site design group, ltd. (landscape architecture) Stearn-Joglekar Ltd. A central garden located adjacent to the elevator entrance is planted with seasonal ornamental grasses and perennials, greeting the visitor as they enter the amenity deck. There are two bar and five barbecue areas and a "chef's kitchen" with adjacent seating. The lawn and overlooking lounge area is a popular spot for summer movie nights, morning yoga and various events. The sun deck has views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The two sunken fire pits with surrounding seating are popular gathering areas. 64 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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