Architecture | Hospitality and Residential |

500 Lake Shore Drive

Related Midwest | Chicago | 2013

As our first collaboration with SCB, Lightswitch provided schematic design for unit and hallway lighting, and designed the lobby, pool deck, and amenity spaces. ‘Job one’ was ensuring we supported the high-end aesthetic and vision of the property.

What It Was

Located at Grand Avenue and Lake Michigan, 500 Lake Shore Drive is an iconic new apartment building in Chicago’s downtown Streeterville neighborhood. Developed by Related Midwest, the tower features thoughtfully designed units, luxury amenity spaces and stunning views. Lightswitch was retained to provide design development services and bring a distinctive creative vision and design gravitas to the project, while also remaining vigilant of LEED Gold and energy code requirements.

What We Did

As our first collaboration with SCB, Lightswitch provided schematic design for unit and hallway lighting, and designed the lobby, pool deck, and amenity spaces. ‘Job one’ was ensuring we supported the high-end aesthetic and vision of the property. We collaborated extensively with the design team to ensure maximum creative cohesion, and presented options for team review. Some examples of our thoughtful approach to this project are the distinctive linear lines of light in the residential mailroom that illuminate the front of the mailboxes, and carefully located fixtures in the game room which allow residents to enjoy the full gaming experience without glare on the television screens. The challenge of effective pool lighting was solved by the innovate use of linear luminaires embedded in the pavers to create a unique design without the use of disruptive poles or bollards. Embedding fixtures in the pool deck also allow the owner more flexibility for furniture layouts and provides lighting where people need it most: on the ground for way finding.

Why It Worked

500 Lake Shore Drive is exactly the kind of project we relish at Lightswitch – a distinctive and clear design aesthetic combined with a challenging budget. This required innovative thinking, distinctive solutions and selecting fixtures that deliver maximum ‘bang for the buck’. The result? Thrilled and proud owners, who enjoy their new high-design residences.