February 23, 2017
A condo building that changes colors
A condo building wrapped in corrugated metal that changes color with the light is in the works for Ukrainian Village.
“It’s going to look totally different depending on when you look at it during the day or during the year,” said Karen Ranquist, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group agent who will represent the eight condos, which are not yet on the market.
The wrap is a thin layer of corrugated steel with a silver finish, said Vlad Radutny, principal of River North-based Vladimir Radutny Architects, who designed the building for the developers. He chose the material because “it will give the skin of the building a dynamic quality that the residents and the neighborhood can enjoy.”
The metal will cover the building’s primary construction material, concrete block, and will not trap stifling heat as an all-metal container would, Radutny said. The blocks also will muffle the sound of rain hitting the metal siding, he said.
“It’s going to look like a metal box, floating above its foundation,” Karen Ranquist said. The metal siding extends a few inches from the exposed concrete-block bottom of the building, as seen in the rendering.
Developers Bob Ranquist of Ranquist Development Group and David Horowitz of Spartan Development plan a May groundbreaking on the Rice Street side, she said. List prices will run from $549,800 to $769,800.
A venture associated with Horowitz and Ranquist bought the site, where three single-family homes now stand, for $1.56 million in July.
Each unit will have a large outdoor terrace, and the top-floor condos will have stairs to unfinished roof decks, she said. Parking spaces in the garage will cost an additional $15,000. The first move-ins will be in mid-2018.
Radutny’s previous work for Ranquist Development was the design of its office space, which Crain’s named one of Chicago’s coolest offices in 2015.