Throw a stick at new construction in River North and the Gold Coast and you’re likely to hit a residential tower designed by Palo Alto, CA-based architect Adam Berkelhamer.
One of the latest Berkelhamer-designed developments, a 15-story, 46-unit condo building, is starting to take shape at 400 West Huron. If you want to check out a finished Berkelhamer structure, Eight O Five (at 805 N. Lasalle Drive) is a fine example of luxury living in the city.
The most stunning view is from the rooftop deck on the 33rd floor. Naturally, there’s a pool and firepit.
Eight O Five was a featured property in the 2015 Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago.
What will $3,200 a month get you at Eight O Five? Well, there’s a killer view, and inside the unit, you’ll find hardwood laminate floors, Euro-style cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling windows. The condos are cozy, starting at around 500 square feet, but the nine-foot ceilings offer the illusion of space.
A quick scan of Berkelhamer’s portfolio show he’s in his element with open concept residential units and rooftop structures. In fact, he designed the Liege-Guillemins TGV railway station in Belgium, the largest roof structure in Europe.
Berkelhamer also worked closely with Santiago Calatrava in Switzerland and developed other European high-speed rail stations and bridges.