Foundry, at 1475 N Kingsbury, will be a 27-story building that will deliver 327 luxury rental apartments in a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom plans and three levels of secure indoor parking. FitzGerald was engaged by a longtime developer client that acquired the property after the planned development was approved. FitzGerald’s team thoughtfully adapted the design for this client’s preferences and requirements—providing the ownership group with a highly marketable project while maintaining critical compliance under the pre-approved entitlements.
Located at the southeast corner of Blackhawk and Kingsbury in the epicenter of the North & Clybourn retail corridor in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, the project sits in a location that is rich in history but is also rapidly developing. Foundry is part of Shops at Big Deahl—a larger masterplan that will also include The Seng (for-sale affordable condos), Common Lincoln Park (co-living apartments), and Seng Park (a new public park.) A landscaped paseo between this building and The Seng provides pedestrian access between the two buildings, Blackhawk Street, and Seng Park. Adjacency to public transportation and nearby amenities—such as outdoor recreation, arts and culture, river access, and great shopping—make the location highly desirable, and earn the site a walk score of 91.
The master plan for the site calls for vibrant, engaging spaces both along Kingsbury Street and the public park, and the building’s geometry celebrates the site’s deviation from the standard city grid. The ground floor houses the residential lobby and a space for a retail tenant. Above the parking podium, the residential tower gently twists to maximize access to views in all directions and adds a playful dynamism to the building massing. The cladding of the garage and the tower uses a palette of rust-colored hues, echoing the site’s industrial heritage. On the residential tower, ample glazing provides exceptional views of the lake, river, downtown, and surrounding neighborhoods.
Foundry provides a robust amenity offering—providing cozy, authentic, and approachable communal spaces that support resident comfort and passions. The building is crowned with Chicago’s first two-story rooftop amenity offering with interconnected indoor—lounge, work lounge, party room, audio visual room, and golf simulator room—and outdoor common spaces including a bi-level, terraced pool deck that provides an amphitheater with stunning unobstructed skyline views to the southeast.
Environmental performance, health, and wellness guide the design of the sustainability program at Foundry—looking beyond what is code-mandated minimums and “standard” for the industry to focus on the use of environmentally-responsible materials that support a healthy indoor environment and lifestyle. With the growing awareness of the link between the built environment and health & wellness, the project is being designed and constructed to meet the rigorous requirements of both the GBI (Green Globes) and the IWBI (Fitwel) programs for Green Building and Health & Wellness, respectively. To meet these rigorous program standards and achieve sustainability goals, the sustainability program targets many different environmental performance efficiencies related to energy, water, emissions, material waste, and environmentally friendly material selections.
Foundry will utilize energy 28% more efficiently than similar buildings, conserve more than 35% of its total annual water usage, divert more than 85% of all construction waste from landfill, and be constructed with environmentally responsible materials.