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Stadia Arkadia

Arkadia under construction

Everybody loves SkyBridge, the pioneering slightly deconstructionist residential tower recently featured in an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters program.  If Greektown didn’t have so many Greek icons, SkyBridge would be the symbol of the neighborhood.  But now SkyBridge isn’t the only tower on the block.

Arkadia Tower logoArkadia topped out a couple of weeks ago, and it has one heck of a commanding presence along the Kennedy Expressway.  When complete, Arkadia (765 West Adams Street) will have 350 apartments and rise 33 stories into the sky.  It was designed by FitzGerald Associates, which describes the building this way:

Visible from Chicago’s bustling I-90/94 corridor, Arkadia’s façade will be a gateway marker welcoming visitors to Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood. Contemporary design elements contribute to a modern but contextual building for the neighborhood, which will include 350 rental apartments in studio, one-, and two-bedroom formats and 20,500 SF of street-level retail space. The building will provide residents with several amenities including a rooftop pool, garden and green roof, dog walk, and community party rooms with fabulous views of the loop. The building is designed to seek LEED Certification and includes a green roof, energy-efficient window-wall system designed to minimize solar heat gain, high-efficiency HVAC and low-environmental-impact materials and finishes.

In the close-up photos of the parking garage, you’ll notice that a white metal framework has been installed. This is presumably to support the artistic features that are supposed to hide the cars from the public.  Last we heard, it was going to be Greek-themed art that would be illuminated from within by the headlights of the cars moving around inside the garage.

 Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell contributed to this report.

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