Savoy Square

Chicago, IL

Savoy Square is part of the Legends South development, one of the largest revitalization efforts ever undertaken in the City of Chicago. When completed the mixed-income development will have 2,400 new rental and home ownership units. Brook Architecture teamed with Chicago architecture firm, Landon Bone Baker, for this phase of the project. Brook designed five residential buildings, adding forty-eight units to the development. The large and complex construction site required close collaboration between the design partners.

Designed under the Chicago Green Homes program requirements, the buildings feature green roofs, superior insulation, high-percentage recycled content building materials, and Energy Star appliances and light fixtures. The City of Chicago Department of Buildings program grants an expedited permit process to residential projects that push innovative green building strategies.

The three-story buildings blend gracefully with the neighborhood and replace the massive Robert Taylor Housing project that once occupied the site and disrupted the city’s street grid. Influenced by houses in the city’s historic Pullman District, the saturated brick colors and exterior banding details add interest to the street facades while the distinctive dormers animate the façade. The buildings front new streets that reintroduce Chicago’s typical street grid and encourage vehicular and pedestrian circulation through the neighborhood.