Foster Design Build Completes One of the Largest Residential Green Rooftops in Chicago’s Lincoln Park
It was approximately 18 months ago that the Palmer Family commissioned Foster Design Build to construct a new residential development at 2661 N. Lincoln Ave. Touted as a true urban oasis; this unique mixed use building was designed to provide three distinct services. The first floor would act as a retail space and feature a heated parking garage, whereas the middle two floors would house six condominiums complete with energy saving features. The top two floors were reserved for a two-story 5,200 square foot luxury penthouse. But perhaps the most exclusive characteristic of the new development is its recently completed green rooftop.
The rooftop, which marks a landmark achievement for Foster Design Build (FDB), features a plethora of green elements including solar panels and a luxurious garden. Fifty-five tons of soil, plants and trees were necessary to complete the project, and serve to provide the development with a fresh, ultra-modernistic nuance not found on even the most exclusive high rises. Abiding by the belief that green energy is the way of the future, FDB developed the complex in the hopes that other buildings would implement similar features.
Juxtaposing the view one would come to expect from a top floor penthouse condo with the comfort and beauty of a backyard setting, FDB and its President Robert Berg, who also acted as the general contractor of the project, supervised the design, architecture, installation and maintenance of the rooftop. The building itself is approximately 44,000 square feet, with the top two floors featuring an environmentally friendly Geothermal HVAC system. It was developed on a 5,400 square foot, triangular lot – a rarity in Chicago.
Multi purposed buildings are considered the wave of the future. Over the past several years, many of them have appeared in popular urban settings. Affording the luxury of a retail shopping district in the same building as one’s home, they provide a measure of convenience not typically found in most developments.