Finally a steel-and-glass, 21-story residential tower worthy of its ink, now completed at the corner of Lake and Forest. This piece of architecture raises the bar for dense housing in the middle of our downtown. The target market is 30-somethings or empty-nester singles or couples who are interested in modern living in an urban village like they would find in the city.
On Aug. 1, the OPRF High School board approved a plan to build a 40 meter x 25 yard pool and a higher parking garage on the current garage site, along with internal performing arts upgrades, at a cost not to exceed $45 million. The plan will go to referendum in November.
I am excited about this new project on Lake Street. Ranquist Development Group has secured the site and commissioned an eloquent residential block that may be the new gold standard for future residential projects. This is a perfect example of the rule, "Hire a good architect and developer and you will get architecture as a product." It is such a simple notion — why can't we exercise this idea on a regular basis?
This is just for fun under the heading of "The Absurd." If you visited the spectacular galleries on the fourth floor of the Cultural Center (the exhibit ended May 1) you experienced a show that was architectural, outrageous, scientific, robotic, mechanical, hand-crafted and perfectly worthless, but perfect for all you pragmatic dreamers.