The residences of EnV are designed to meet the needs of young working professionals committed to an urban lifestyle. Located within the River North Gallery District, a dense neighborhood offering a mixture of residential, commercial, retail, and restaurant uses, the site is located across the street from the Merchandise Mart and across the Chicago River from the Loop. The 249-unit, 390,000 SF building consists primarily of one-bedroom units, with two-bedroom units and studios and includes 30,000 square feet of retail and 129 dedicated parking spaces.
Relying on post-tensioned concrete minimized the number of structural columns required and eliminated the need for exterior columns. The blue tinted window-wall facade gives the exterior a smooth surface while providing units with floor-to-ceiling windows equipped with custom-designed seamless window frames. Most of the square footage of the units is given over to a “great room” that takes advantage of the views. Individual units have bamboo floors, exposed ductwork, and nine-foot-tall ceilings. Sustainable design strategies include recycled and local material use, low VOC materials, reduced water and energy use, and a green roof.
Photography © Karant+Associates, Barbara Karant
Photography © Matt Dula