EMME

overview

Located in Chicago’s West Loop, this residential tower is designed to be a green sanctuary in a heavily urban neighborhood. At the building entry, a garden plaza serves as the backdrop for a monument commemorating the Haymarket event, which occurred at the site on May 4, 1886. The building lobby faces the plaza and focuses on the monument. The third floor amenity deck features contoured landscaping with fire pits and grilling stations. The rooftop ‘nest’ includes a fitness center, yoga studio and lounge surrounding an intimately-scaled pool deck with stunning views of Chicago’s Loop. More than 8,000 SF of roof area is dedicated to urban farming.

The project is LEED Gold Certified and includes high-efficiency building systems, lighting and plumbing fixtures; stormwater harvesting and reuse for landscape irrigation, sustainably produced building products and materials, and extensive green roofs and landscaping palettes of native plant materials. Interior finishes include materials harvested from the heavy timber warehouse demolished for the project.

U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold - GREC Studio

by the numbers

233,000
SF

199
RESIDENTIAL UNITS

14
STORIES

the team

Developer: Gerding Edlen Development
Architect: GREC Architects
Structural Engineer: Halvorson and Partners
MEP/FP Engineer: WMA Engineering
Civil Engineer: TY Lin
Landscape Designer: Wolff Landscape Architects
Enclosure Systems Consultant: Integrated Design
Lighting Designer: Charter Sills
Urban Farming Consultant: The Roof Crop
Owner’s Representative: MACK Construction
General Contractor: Power Construction Company

details
GREC Architects
GREC Architects
Chicago, IL

EMME

This 230,000 SF residential structure is adjacent to the site of the 1886 Haymarket event. The building is designed to offer a green sanctuary in Chicago’s central business district. Resident amenities include a rooftop pool deck, fitness center, lounge and a densely landscaped deck and urban farm.

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