Solstice on the Park

Photo: Tom Harris Photography

Location
Chicago

Status
Completed

Client
Mac Properties

Type
Residential

Size
400,000 sf / 272 ft / 250 units

Sustainability
Targeting Green Globes

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Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Solstice on the Park is a twenty-six-story residential tower shaped by the angles of the sun and one of the first Studio Gang projects to explore the idea of solar carving for environmental advantages.

The design cuts into the building’s facade in response to the sun and orients surfaces to the optimum 72-degree angle for Chicago’s latitude, maximizing sunlight in winter for passive solar warming and minimizing light and heat gain during summer to reduce air-conditioning usage.

The structure—which includes 250 dwellings and a green roof—also takes advantage of expansive views of Jackson Park to the south and Chicago’s skyline to the north.

Glazing is calibrated to the optimum sun angles for Chicago's latitude, 72 degrees in summer and 42 degrees in winter.

Ground Floor Plan

South and East Elevations

Photo: Tom Harris Photography

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