The Green Beyond

1 May 2018

“The Best Awards For Luxury Housing To Earn Today Are Green, As Affluent Renters And Buyers Insist On Eco-Friendly Digs”

Sustainability meets ultimate luxury in the Helmut Jahn-designed 1000M.
Sustainability meets ultimate luxury in the Helmut Jahn-designed 1000M.

“In the world of luxury residential real estate, building techniques and design features mimic fashion trends, changing ever more quickly as the materials and amenities du jour come into vogue. But Chicago’s current crop of luxury towers makes one thing clear: Green residences are here to stay.”

“[T]wo high-profile, design-driven projects still under construction from world-renowned starchitects Helmut Jahn (1000M in the historic Michigan Avenue Boulevard District, 1006 S. Michigan Ave., 312.313.7841, 1000southmichigan.com) and Robert A.M. Stern (One Bennett Park in Streeterville, 451 E. Grand Ave., 312.832.2300, onebennettpark. com).

Jahn’s 1000M, set to break ground in early 2019, is incorporating a range of sustainable features to attain LEED certification. But its most intriguing one is a glossy skin of green-blue glass. “Thanks to building codes today, a lot of glass structures have silver or black coatings that limit transparency, which impacts daylighting, human comfort and more. But our design elements, such as deeper horizontal spandrels, are targeted to letting us achieve heightened transparency,” explains Jahn president Phil Castillo.

Given their mandate, will they attain LEED Gold? That remains to be seen, but as Castillo points out, “it’s not about the standard; it’s about doing what’s right and making a building that performs better for its residents. That’s true luxury.””

Read the full article in the Print edition of Michigan Ave magazine available at newsstands today!