400 N Lake Shore Drive

Mixed-Use · Chicago, IL, US



2,168,000 SF


Due to the site’s unique location and historical relevance the Residences at 400 North Lake Shore Drive are destined to be a Symbol of Chicago. Embodying the City’s character and essential virtues, the project has been conceived to be iconic, flexible and innovative. Our project personifies Chicago’s qualities rooted in pragmatic boldness and vision with elegant proportions, economy of form, efficiency, sophisticated materiality and a powerful expression.

Located at the junction of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, barely a few hundred feet northeast of Fort Dearborn, the first official outpost of the U.S. government, the residences at 400N Lake Shore will contribute to a century-long tradition of Chicago’s Lakefront luxury living. The project’s unique location between the Ogden Slip and the Chicago River will forever transform Chicago’s skyline. The site retains the same symbolic role it had one hundred years ago as the portal entry into the city. This historically important gateway demands a single, resonant and immediately recognizable formal expression: an Iconic form.

The project’s development strategy requires a flexible approach, allowing multiple variations in unit
typologies as well as unit arrangement diversity within each floor plan. Additionally, the exterior wall is
extremely versatile enabling different patterns and expressions seamlessly integrating framed windows,
full glass window walls or a combination of both.

The project’s sheer size and the geometric constrains of the site demand an unique, innovative structural approach that saves valuable time and money. Our project takes
advantage of viscous damper technology which eliminates the need for tuned mass dampers saving valuable square footage, construction time and, more importantly,
achieving approximately 10% of savings in concrete alone. In addition, a very aggressive reutilization strategy allows the project to reuse 88% of the existing foundations.

Project Team

  • Marta Bueno
  • Luis Collado
  • Jose Luis de la Fuente
  • Ignacio Espigares
  • Beatriz Gonzalez
  • Andrea Kamilaris
  • Brian Koehler
  • Shoko Nakamura
  • Janice Ninan
  • Andrew Paul
  • Jose-Luis Perez-Griffo
  • Tracy Salvia
  • Logan Springer