31st Street Harbor

Chicago, IL

As a member of the 31st Street Harbor project team, Brook Architecture designed the Harbor Building, an essential element for the management and convenience of the harbor users. Designed in simple materials – concrete and metal – the structure houses a community room, the harbor manager’s office, the boat store, boater restroom and shower facilities

The promenade frontage of the building features dark grey metal letter signage prominently announcing the harbor and a silver framed window wall accented with orange glazed and metal panels scattered across the facade,

Brook worked closely with the garage and landscape consultants to achieve a smooth integration of the harbor building with the other elements of the project. More than a marina, the harbor includes a 200-car parking/boat storage garage accessed through the Harbor Building and the promenade, and several public outdoor spaces including a playground and a small park by the breakwater.

Walking along the promenade between the Harbor Building and the 1,000 boat slips, visitors are rewarded with a city skyline view. Monumental stairs on the building’s north side lead to the building’s 80,000 square foot green roof that doubles as shelter for the garage and an additional public park space complete with tensile shade structures.

Photo credit: Lee Bey