Jeanne Gang is one of the most talented and innovative architects, currently working on some really stunning building projects all over the United States. One of the best projects that she and her firm have designed is the ‘Solstice on the Park’ residential building, just north of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago’s south side Hyde Park neighborhood:
(Image credits: Studio Gang Architects)
While the design has been in development for over 9 years, and was shelved not long after it’s initial reveal, due to the Great Recession, it’s roaring back to life, slightly altered from it’s original design. What’s incredibly fascinating about the design is how the south-facing windows are tilted DOWNWARDS, in order minimize solar glare in the summer months, but also to maximize sunlight in the winter months, when the Sun is at a lower angle.
The building is in a developing area that has seen a lot of growth over the past decade due primarily to the University of Chicago. While large swaths of land to the south of this development still have yet to see the surge of new residential and commercial development that have exploded in Hyde Park. That may hopefully change very soon, with the impending construction of the massive Obama Presidential Library in the neighborhood, which may help energize the surrounding area and ignite additional development in the immediate surroundings.
Fortunately for future residents of Solstice on the Park, they’ll have incredible views of the new library, as well as the Lakefront, the MSU, all while bathed in just the right amount of sunlight.
Solstice on the Park recently broke ground and is expected to open in 2018. Head over to Studio Gang Architects website for more information on this lovely building design, as well as other very creative projects they are currently working on!