Originally Posted by Nowhereman1280
Edit: I'd also be very very interested to see what he does with the split level nature of the site. Does he include retail along St. Clair? Does the glass facade continue below Illinois?
I don't know, but I'm curious too. The black portion, plus the 2-3 stories below Upper Illinois, plus any subterranean levels, seems like a huge excess of parking to me.
The "large retail component" also sounds promising. I'd love to see a Uniqlo in this building, and Uniqlo's CEO has specifically stressed expansion into Chicago. There are probably more promising spaces on Michigan, though, and definitely some prominent ones on State. Still, it'd be nice to pull some of the Michigan Avenue vitality over to Cityfront Center. That area is just way too quiet on the upper level, and the Optima podium is the perfect minimalist jewel-box retail space for Uniqlo's brand identity.
The glass reminds me of MiMA in NY: