No ribbons to cut. No hands to glad. No gourmet food trucks from which to nosh. Just a very long plywood wall and lots of earth-moving equipment is how life starts for the new residential tower at 347 West Chestnut Street in Cabrini Green.
Formerly known as Avant River North, the building is now being called NEXT, and is being developed by Fifield Companies. When complete, it will rise 28 stories into the Chicago skyline, with 305 residences above a 186-space parking garage and 6,000 square feet of retail space.
The skyscraper was designed by Pappageorge Haymes, which describes it thusly:
This concrete and glass residential tower promises new life to an under utilized location in Chicago’s burgeoning River North area. Height limits in the district allowed the optimization of residential space and the streamlining of the building envelope without compromising style. The tower’s sleek, curved facade and setback penthouse, provide a graceful continuation of the developing architectural landscape within this established neighborhood. An abundance of outdoor spaces, private balconies, green terraces and building amenities are seamlessly integrated into the design. The base of the building reflects the scale of surrounding buildings, while serving to conceal off- street parking, and frame a retail colonnade along the street front. Anchoring the tower to its base is an elevated amenity deck and connecting spaces, which include a swimming pool, hot tub, recreation areas and outdoor grilling.
The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell swaggered by and took these photos of the scene. He found lots of heavy equipment making lots of holes in what used to be a surface parking lot. Foundation, here we come!