Originally Posted by Swicago Swi Sox
If it is SCB's design and the Developers are footing the bill, instead of the city, I wonder what their real motivation would be? Do they want to provide a nice functional park for the community, or just provide a pretty visual for residents and guests in the new building from above?
I'm going to guess the developer wants a pretty park there to sell as a feature to potential residents. That being said, they are probably more interested in making it into something that looks like it will be used instead of something that will be used.
That being said, the biggest problem with this park (imo) is the wide streets that disconnect it from nearby buildings and its skinny proportions that make it seem more like sitting in the middle of a street than a park.The trees they propose adding and paths that run through them seem like it may fix this problem to an extent. Which brings me to Ardecilia:
I'd rather the city save up some money, or put some funds from the developer into escrow, and then bring in a real landscape architect.
I'm willing to bet SCB is big enough to have at least one person trained as a landscape architect, esp. considering the number of amenity decks they do.
Anyways, the building is looking even better. If the w=a was a 10/10, this is a good 7.5 - 8, a solid C or B- performance.
are some floorplans from Chicago Architecture Blog.