Westhaven Park

Chicago, IL

Westhaven Park, a 26-acre development on Chicago’s near west side, presents a striking contrast to the low-income housing the new development replaces. Turning away from the repetitive design of its predecessor, the developer, Brinshore Development, opted for a diversity of building types and materials, including the 9 building types Brook Architecture created for the mixed-income community.

Brook Architecture used traditional elements -towers, turrets and portico entrances typical of Chicago’s architectural heritage- constructed with modern materials. Two of Brook’s buildings, each with an unexpected 45-degree angled bay, are mirrored across a main entry thoroughfare, creating a gateway into the neighborhood. Another building type provides interest to the neighborhood’s street fronts through the use of a curved parapet design.

The buildings offer 1 to 4 bedrooms and ADA-accessible units. Brook was responsible for design, construction documents and construction administration of 28 buildings in the development

Westhaven Park earned the 2005 Chicago Neighborhood Development Award, “For-Profit Project of the Year”. Part of the Chicago Housing Authority’s “Plan for Transformation”, the project signaled a new approach in affordable housing design.