A park threshold between city and lake
Lakeshore East is a multi-tower mixed-use development located northeast of the Loop and north of Maggie Daley and Millennium Parks along Lakeshore Drive. Positioned between the city’s iconic skyline and the limitless horizon of Lake Michigan, the park provides an immersion between these two powerful qualities that define the unique identity of Chicago. A continuous sloped path connects these two extraordinary features to create a one-of-a-kind experience in the city.
The park provides a pedestrian link between the upper street network of the neighbourhood and the lower level of the lake 50 feets lower. A seamless and accessible descent from North Harbor Drive links pedestrians via a contiguous park surface. The descent of the park is divided into tiered spaces that can accommodate a wide range of flexible programming to become an open space amenity for the surrounding Lakeshore East community. The descending open space in the park is suspended above a circulation corridor at the lake level which accommodates local traffic to the adjacent developments, as well as pedestrians and cyclists connecting to the Lakefront Trail. The juxtaposition of these two overlapping public spaces creates additional area for activity within the constraints of a compact site. Combined with the garden ambience designed for the base of the towers and their respective outdoor amenities, the landscape strategy aspires to transform the current post-industrial ‘terrain vague’ into a generous high quality outdoor space for residents and visitors.
Magellan Development Group, Lendlease
bKL Architecture, Living Habitats, Confluence (Landscape Architect of Record)
15945m2 (4 acres)
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