CTBUH Silver Member

bKL Architecture

About

Member Since: 2012

Member Offices: Chicago

Website: http://www.bklarch.com

At bKL Architecture, they are committed to designing projects that only enhance the contexts in which we build, responding to the needs of clients, users and surrounding communities, while anticipating future uses and desires.

Founded by Thomas Kerwin in 2010 with the support of James Loewenberg, bKL is a team of passionate designers and practitioners with expertise in a variety of markets and project types. They design sophisticated, inspiring spaces and structures that are timeless yet forward-thinking.

bKL Architecture’s open studio environment encourages a spirited exchange of ideas. Their culturally diverse team brings together a broad range of skills, experiences and backgrounds to create a vibrant atmosphere and design process. At the center of their process is a focus on in-depth analysis, intensive experimentation and collaboration.

Fields of Expertise

Architecture; Interior Design; Urban Design

Membership details

Membership Level

Silver

Member Since

2012

Member Offices

  • Chicago

Buildings

Rank
Name
Status

Completed

Architecturally Topped Out

Structurally Topped Out

Under Construction

On Hold

Proposed

Vision

Never Completed

Demolished

Competition Entry

Canceled

Proposed Renovation

Under Renovation

Renovated

Under Demolition

Height

1

St. Regis Chicago

362.9 m / 1,191 ft

2

Cirrus

171.4 m / 562 ft

3

The Selby

170.6 m / 560 ft

4

300 NMA

157.6 m / 517 ft

5

Wolf Point West

147.8 m / 485 ft

6

Coast at Lakeshore East

142.2 m / 467 ft

7

MILA

135.5 m / 444 ft

8

Garrison Point Tower 1

127.1 m / 417 ft

9

Cascade

122.9 m / 403 ft

10

Exhibit on Superior

108.8 m / 357 ft

Building Completions Timeline

 

Global News

14 January 2021

Developer Scales Back Chicago Lakeshore High-Rise Plans

The developer of a big high-rise proposed just north of Millennium Park has scaled back its plans, slashing the number of hotel rooms in the...

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Global News

10 December 2020

Residential Tower Tops Out at 122.9 Meters in Chicago

Construction on Cascade has topped out 396 feet (120 meters) over Lakeshore East. Officially addressed at 455 E Waterside Drive, Cascade is part of the...

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Global News

25 November 2020

Chicago’s Third Tallest Building Gets A New Name

The soaring Vista Tower, the newest addition to Chicago’s famed skyline, now has a new name: St. Regis Chicago. The skyscraper also has a new...

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Rank
Name
City
Height

1

Shenzhen Tower

Shenzhen

642 m

2,106 ft

2

H700

Shenzhen

608 m

1,995 ft

3

St. Regis Chicago

Chicago

363 m

1,191 ft

4

Lakeshore East I Tower

Chicago

290 m

950 ft

5

UBTECH Headquarters

Shenzhen

212 m

696 ft

6

201 North Columbus

Chicago

196 m

642 ft

7

Cirrus

Chicago

171 m

562 ft

8

The Selby

Toronto

171 m

560 ft

9

300 NMA

Chicago

158 m

517 ft

10

501 Brazos Street

Austin

154 m

504 ft

11

Wolf Point West

Chicago

148 m

485 ft

12

Coast at Lakeshore East

Chicago

142 m

467 ft

13

MILA

Chicago

136 m

444 ft

14

Garrison Point Tower 1

Toronto

127 m

417 ft

15

Cascade

Chicago

123 m

403 ft

16

Exhibit on Superior

Chicago

109 m

357 ft

17

5th & Brazos

Austin

109 m

357 ft

18

Renelle on the River

Chicago

67 m

221 ft

19

Union West Tower 1

Chicago

59 m

193 ft

20

Union West Tower 2

Chicago

57 m

186 ft

21

GEMS World Academy - Chicago, Lower School

Chicago

47 m

156 ft

22

Gio Midtown

Miami

- m

- ft

23

193 North Columbus

Chicago

- m

- ft

Statistics

150 m+ Buildings

300 m+ Buildings

Average Building Age*

3 Years

Most Common Function*

Residential (75%), 12 Buildings

Most Common Material*

Concrete (100%), 16 Buildings

* Based on 150 m+ buildings currently in the database.

Total: 16 Buildings for which a function has been assigned.
 
Total: 16 Buildings for which a material has been assigned.
 

*Based on 16 Completed & Under Construction Buildings

Building Completions Timeline

 

Construction Time Chart

NOTE: Construction start time is not available for all buildings. The average construction time is only displayed if there is three or more buildings with construction start and complete data in that year.

 

25 November 2020

Chicago’s Third Tallest Building Gets A New Name

The soaring Vista Tower, the newest addition to Chicago’s famed skyline, now has a new name: St. Regis Chicago. The skyscraper also has a new...

20 October 2020

James Loewenberg, Developer of Chicago High-Rises, Dies at 86

James Loewenberg, a Chicago architect-turned-developer with a portfolio that includes the Aqua and Vista Tower skyscrapers in downtown Chicago, has died at age 86 after...

31 July 2020

Chicago Developer to Buy Out Supertall Building's Partner for US$270 million

The Chicago developer building the 101-story Vista Tower on the Chicago River has agreed to buy out its majority Chinese partner for US$270 million, ending...

27 March 2020

Under-Construction Skyscrapers in Chicago Secure Financing

Lendlease and Magellan Development have landed US$283 million in construction financing for their two residential towers rising in Chicago’s Lakeshore East. The projects will have...

13 August 2019

Glass-Clad Mixed-Use Tower to Replace Old Brick Building in Chicago

Just weeks after securing a zoning change from city officials, developer Sterling Bay is moving forward with its plans to demolish an older building on...

23 July 2019

A Condo Tower Will Break Ground in Chicago in September

A 47-story condo tower known as Cirrus readies to break ground in Chicago. Located steps from Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Maggie Daley Park, and the...

23 July 2019

A Condo Tower Will Break Ground in Chicago in September

A 47-story condo tower known as Cirrus readies to break ground in Chicago. Located steps from Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Maggie Daley Park, and the...

10 July 2019

Shenzhen to See New 212-Meter-Tall Headquarters

bKL Architecture has unveiled their winning design for the new UBTECH Headquarters located in Shenzhen, China. The 71,360-square-meter tower includes office, dormitory, retail, and research...

30 April 2019

Two Towers Progress onto Chicago’s Iconic Skyline

Vista Tower reached its final height on April 26 2019, when construction workers poured concrete to form the Chicago skyscraper’s 101st and final floor. That...

29 January 2019

Updated Design Revealed for 642-Meter Tower in Shenzhen

  bKL Architecture has unveiled its proposed design for a new, 642-meter tower located in Shenzhen, China. The 128-story tower is intended to mark the...

CTBUH Initiatives Involving bKL Architecture

Chicago Future Leaders to Tour Vista Tower (Sold Out)

08 August 2019

The CTBUH Chicago Future Leaders Committee will lead a tour of Vista Tower, which upon completion will be the tallest Chicago building designed by a woman.

CTBUH Staff Reaches New Heights at Chicago's Vista Tower

14 December 2018

To bring a successful year to a close, CTBUH staff enjoyed an extensive tour of the under-construction Vista Tower, a residential and hotel development in Chicago's Lakeshore East.

CTBUH Staff Taste Riverfront Lifestyle at Chicago’s Wolf Point

08 December 2017

As a treat for a long year of hard work, CTBUH staff members took a top-to-bottom tour of Wolf Point West, a luxury apartment tower that sits on the Chicago River.

Wolf Point West Tower Tour

27 August 2015

CTBUH Chicago hosted a tour of Wolf Point West Tower, a new building currently under construction along the Chicago River.

YPC Holds Student Workshop on Coast at Lakeshore East

20 March 2013

The Young Professionals Committee hosted its first student workshop at the University of Illinois at Chicago on the Coast at Lakeshore East.

Climbing the Coast: Tour Report of New Chicago Skyscraper

24 July 2012

With only two floors left before topping out, the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee organized a tour last week of the Coast at Lakeshore East.