Robert A.M. Stern to Discuss One Bennett Park with Geoffrey Baer
On November 7, Robert A.M. Stern will join Chicago television personality and producer Geoffrey Baer at an open discussion hosted by Related Midwest. The invitation-only event takes place at the new Chicago Architecture Center and will be a conversation about Mr. Stern's design philosophy, the renaissance of downtown living, and One Bennett Park – Robert A.M. Stern Architect's first building in Chicago.
One Bennett Park is a slender precast-concrete-clad tower with a limestone base and an asymmetrical crown that steps up toward the city as it favors views to Lake Michigan, combining 279 rental apartments and 69 condominiums. Metal detailing, punched windows, and glassy stacked bays enliven the composition, as do vertical setbacks. A lantern at the top, housing mechanical equipment, makes for a memorable skyline silhouette. RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern and Daniel Lobitz led the design effort. GREC served as associate architect. Designed in tandem with this tower is Bennett Park, a formerly underutilized 1.7-acre green space reimagined by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
Geoffrey Baer is a multiple Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and program host for Chicago's PBS television station WTTW Channel 11. He is known for covering topics on Chicago's history, culture, and people as well as American architecture, and has hosted and produced popular feature-length specials like Chicago by 'L': A Walking Tour, and the 10 That Changed America series which explores great monuments, streets, and man-made marvels across the United States. He can also be seen contributing regularly to WTTW's flagship nightly public affairs program Chicago Tonight.