The Heritage at Millennium Park

The Heritage At Millennium Park
  1. About the The Heritage at Millennium Park in Chicago
  2. Architect and team
  3. Architectureal style
  4. Spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials

The The Heritage at Millennium Park is a Contemporary skyscraper designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and built between 2002 and 2005, for a reported $169 million dollars, in Chicago, IL.

Its precise street address is 130 N Garland Court, Chicago, IL. You can also find it on the map here.

The lower 9 floors facade on Wabash Av were preserved and restored with the supervision of the City of Chicago Landmark Division. This facade had been declared as a landmark and had to be preserved, as it dated back to before the Cicago Fire.

The buidling is connected to the extensive underground pedway system of Chicago.

Building's timeline

Construction begins
Construction completed
years ago

Architect and team

Solomon Cordwell Buenz was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design.

Solomon Cordwell Buenz was in charge of the architectural design, however, architecture is a complex discipline, which usually involves many professionals from different fields, without whom this building would have not been possible. We will surely be leaving out a lot of names here, but here is a list of the people we do know also played their part in making the The Heritage at Millennium Park a reality:

  • Walsh Construction Company as the Main Contractor
  • Mesa Development, LLC as the Main Developer
  • Environmental Systems Design, Inc. in charge of MEP Engineering

Architectural Style

The The Heritage at Millennium Park can be categorized as a Contemporary building.

Contemporary style architecture builds on top of the principles of Modernism and Postmodernism, but incorporates other variables which might not have been that important in the past, but certainly are today, such as technology, sustainability, inclusivity, and others.

From a historical point of view, it is hard to categorize things from a not-so-distant time, and therefore we choose to categorize most buildings built after the year 2000 as "Contemporary". It is possible that as time goes by and we, as a society, gain perspective on the things happening today, we'll be able to look back and recategorize all these buildings into more concrete subsections, some of which might not even exist today.

Spaces & Uses

The The Heritage at Millennium Park reaches an architectural height of 631ft (192.4m). It has a total of 57 floors. In total, it has a built-up area of -11 sqf (-1m2) offering 1,118,778 sqf (103,938m2) of usable space.

Ever since opening its doors to the public in 2005, the The Heritage at Millennium Park has been a mixed use building. It incorporates 2 main uses, which are residential, and retail spaces.

631ft (192.4m)

Materials & Structure

The The Heritage at Millennium Park uses a frame structure made of reinforced concrete columns and beams.

A frame structure uses a combination of beams and columns to sustain the building's weight. The walls in this case are non-load bearing, which allows for more flexibility when distributing the interior spaces.

The facade is non-load bearing either, as it is common in frame structure type buildings.

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features a sensitive tension through curves and straight angles. For example, in the lower part of the building, there is a concave curve; in the upper part, there is a convex one. The tension between these two opposite design operations strengthens an aesthetic vision and balances its features giving a harmonious whole.

The building is divided into three sections as we climb from the ground level. The first 9 floors act as a podium. On top of it, the building rises. Even though it is always one unique building, the first third of the tower seems to be composed of two towers, one concave and one convex. The concave section of the building stops at around one-third of the total height, leaving the convex section alone to rise as the tower that one can identify from a distance.