The last time we checked in on 830 North Milwaukee, the construction equipment and materials were under a fresh blanket of snow. The snow is long gone, so it’s time to take another peek at what’s going up along the very busy Milwaukee corridor.
Previously this was the location of a low-slung one-story office building, so thoroughly clad in rocks and bricks that it didn’t have any windows. It was like a visual breakwater at the end of the Elston Avenue traffic flume.
The new 830 that was designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architectre embraces its unusual position defying the city’s street grid, with a sawtooth shape that enhance the residents’ views of the downtown skyline.
It’s only five stories tall, but in that space will be 47 residences, a couple of dozen parking spaces, and room for retail. Because it’s close to the CTA Blue Line Chicago/Milwaukee station, Akara Partners took advantage of the city’s updated Transit Oriented Development rules and ditched about half the parking.