SOM unveils plans for Chicago’s Lincoln Yards neighbourhood



Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has revealed plans to transform a former industrial site in Chicago into a “new urban destination”.

Called Lincoln Yards, the development will transform an underused 50-acre (20.2-hectare) parcel along the North Branch of the Chicago River. The site is enveloped by some of the city’s most well-known neighbourhoods: Bucktown, Wicker Park and Lincoln Park.

The $6 billion (£4.6 billion) project is being spearheaded by developer Sterling Bay, with the vision to turn the “swatch of old manufacturing properties into a new urban destination”.

Lincoln Yards scheme planned for former industrial site

The company first unveiled its plans in July 2018, after acquiring aspects of the Planned Manufacturing District (PMD) – a portion of land set aside a zone for manufacturing in 1988 – in 2016, and enlisted SOM to design the masterplan.

SOM’s proposal, which includes offices, residences, hotels, restaurants and retail across the site, was awarded planning permission from the city last month.


該開發項目名為Lincoln Yards,將改造位於芝加哥河北岸的未充分利用的50英畝(20.2公頃)土地。該遺址被該市一些最著名的街區所包圍:巴克鎮,柳條公園和林肯公園。

這個耗資60億美元(46億英鎊)的項目由開發商斯特林灣(Sterling Bay)牽頭,其目標是將“舊製造業物業轉變為新的城市目的地”。


該公司於2018年7月首次公佈其計劃,該計劃是在2016年收購了計劃製造區(PMD)的一部分 – 一部分土地預留了1988年的製造區 – 並邀請SOM設計總體規劃。


The scheme includes 21 acres (8.5 hectares) of open space – nearly half of the project’s total area. This includes ways to activate the riverwalk into bustling public space, with renderings of the proposal showing water sports facilities, like kayak clubs, and open plazas for pop-up public events like farmers markets.

Lincoln Yards will also be “pedestrian-oriented”, with a mixture of wooden decking and stone paving cover the walkways running along the waterways. SOM has also designed the project to extend the city’s 606 – a former railroad turned into an elevated park.

Project to include improved transportation

Buildings include low-level brickwork designs, as well as tall glass and steel structures, to complement the industrial history of the site, and will contain a mix of uses.

A “new and improved infrastructure and river crossings” also forms part of the project, comprising plans to revise the street grid, and introduce new bridges and parking garages.

該計劃包括21英畝(8.5公頃)的開放空間 – 幾乎佔該項目總面積的一半。 這包括激活河道到繁華的公共空間的方法,該建議的渲染圖顯示了水上運動設施,如皮划艇俱樂部,以及用於彈出公共活動(如農貿市場)的開放式廣場。

林肯碼頭也將“以行人為導向”,木質裝飾和石頭鋪設的混合物覆蓋沿著水道的人行道。 SOM還設計了這個項目,以擴建該城市的606 – 一條前鐵路變成了高架公園。




Transportation overhauls involve plans to relocate the city’s Clybourn Metra Station, provide easy access to the Interstate 94 (I-94) – a highway that links with Chicago’s trendy Loop area and the O-Hare airport – as well as new water taxi stops and bus stations.

Lincoln Yards threatened as plans are rejected by 11 Alderman

SOM and Sterling Bay are collaborating on the project with James Corner Field Operations – the landscape design studio behind New York’s High Line and Domino Park. Architecture firm CBT, transportation consultants KLOA and Nelson\Nygaard, and planning and design engineers Kimley-Horn and Associates are also involved.

Although Lincoln Yards was accepted by the planning commission last month, the project is now waiting a final vote on zoning from the City Council before the go ahead, and has been met with opposition.

交通改造涉及搬遷城市Clybourn Metra站的計劃,方便前往94號州際公路(I-94) – 連接芝加哥時尚的Loop區和O-Hare機場的高速公路 – 以及新的水上出租車站和公共汽車站。


SOM和Sterling Bay正在與James Corner Field Operations合作,該項目是紐約High Line和Domino Park背後的景觀設計工作室。 建築公司CBT,運輸顧問KLOA和Nelson \ Nygaard以及規劃和設計工程師Kimley-Horn and Associates也參與其中。



Alderman James Cappleman announced that he would reject the scheme due to the lack of affordable housing provided. Sterling Bay has committed to building affordable residents, but not as part of the development, as reported by Block Club Chicago.

Cappleman is the 11th Alderman to oppose the project. Alderman Tom Tunney also rejected the development, following concerns about the heights of its buildings, and the effect on traffic and surrounding facilities.

Alderman James Cappleman宣布,由於缺乏經濟適用房,他將拒絕該計劃。 據Block Club Chicago報導,Sterling Bay致力於建造負擔得起的居民,但不是開發的一部分。

Cappleman是第11個反對該項目的Alderman。 考慮到建築物的高度以及對交通和周邊設施的影響,Alderman Tom Tunney也拒絕了開發項目。

“We are missing an opportunity here to create more on-site affordability in a balanced, new neighbourhood,” said Tunney in the Block Club Chicago report. He added that he was also concerned about “the size and scope of the project along with the impact on traffic, schools, parks and other neighbourhood amenities”.

Chicago is hub for architectural development

Chicago joins a host US cities planning to transform their waterfronts, along with New York City’s Hunter’s Point and Domino Park, Boston, and Memphis.

The Illinois city also opened the Chicago Riverwalk in 2016, and the site has become a hive of activity.
“我們錯過了一個在平衡的新社區創造更多現場可負擔性的機會,”Tunney在Block Club芝加哥報導中說道。 他補充說,他還擔心“項目的規模和範圍以及對交通,學校,公園和其他鄰里設施的影響”。






SOM, which was founded in Chicago in 193, is also on the shortlist for to redesign the city’s O’Hare international airport, alongside other major architecture firms such as Foster + Partners and Santiago Calatrava.

Images are courtesy Sterling Bay, copyright SOM.
SOM於193年在芝加哥成立,也是重新設計該城市奧黑爾國際機場的候選名單,與其他主要建築公司如Foster + Partners和Santiago Calatrava一起。

圖片由Sterling Bay提供,版權歸SOM所有。


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