A new 49-story apartment tower is scheduled to break ground this summer at Lakeshore East, the master planned high-rise development on the Chicago River east of Columbus. The planned tower is the work of architects Brininstool Kerwin + Lynch. It's the first major project by the 17-month-old partnership formed in early 2010 when Thomas Kerwin, a former managing partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, teamed with David Brininstool and Brad Lynch of the former Brininstool + Lynch architecture firm.
Balconies on the tower's north and south sides--recessed behind glass--form the building's banded look. Lynch said the design of the balconies "not only provides visual interest, but practical shading and uninterrupted views from [inside] the units." The tower is planned just east of Harry Weese-designed Swissotel.