Best Tall Building Americas – Award of Excellence: 150 North Riverside, Chicago

Anthony Scacco
Executive Vice President
Riverside Investment & Development, Chicago

James Goettsch
Chairman, Co-CEO
Goettsch Partners, Chicago

A Generous Public Domain at an Urban Crossroads

The 150 North Riverside site is located prominently at the confluence of the three branches of the Chicago River and less than one block away from one of Chicago's busiest commuter train stations. With exposed railroad tracks on the west side of the site and the city requirement for a riverside pedestrian path on the east side, the remaining area on which to build was considered impossibly narrow, and the site sat undeveloped for decades.

Utilizing a unique core-supported structure with a very small footprint at grade, the design resolves the site challenges and provides a 54-story Class A office tower with efficient, column-free floor plates. Tenants and visitors enter through a dramatic, 90-foot-high lobby enclosed by a glass-fin wall hung from the structure above. The lobby features the 150 Media Stream, a one-of-a-kind curated multimedia wall that showcases the work of local and other digital artists across a series of customized LED blades. The very condensed lobby and elevator cores open the majority of the two-acre site – more than 75 percent – as a landscaped public park, plaza, and section of the Riverwalk. Building amenity spaces include a restaurant, bar, fitness center and conference center – all with water views.

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