BASECAMP RIVER NORTH
450 Oak LLC
102 Parking Spaces
Grand Award, Multifamily, Builder’s Choice Custom Home Design Awards, from Builder and Custom Home Magazines
The development is comprised of market-rate two- and three-story row homes with attached two-car garages and ten Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and Affordable units in two three-story walk-up condominium buildings. Based on Chicago’s modernist architectural traditions, the family-centered homes focus on efficient living, using high quality, environmentally-friendly materials and building to a human scale. Natural materials such as concrete, steel and wood perform on a sustainable level while providing durability, cost-effectiveness and design flexibility for the project’s understated contemporary detailing. A poised and urbane presence within the River North neighborhood, the buildings are expressed as sleek, clean volumes carefully modulated by a dynamic interplay between solid cement panels and oversize metal-clad windows. The row home floor plans feature spacious ground floor living spaces that look out to private landscaped front yards detailed with native plantings and modern metal fencing. Additional open air space is provided by large rooftop decks with low wall enclosure that permit both privacy and the ability to interact with neighbors. The development’s CHA and Affordable condominium units are thoughtfully integrated between the row homes to maintain a balanced aesthetic with a uniform streetscape. These units maintain the same level of detail on the exterior and vary only slightly with interior finishes. The overall scale of the development contrasts the density of nearby high-rise buildings, creating a pocket full of light and air that injects the landscape with new energy and visual dynamics.
(Photography: Nicholas James Photo, YoChicago (aerial), and Pappageorge Haymes Partners)