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At bKL Architecture, they are committed to designing projects that only enhance the contexts in which we build, responding to the needs of clients, users and surrounding communities, while anticipating future uses and desires.

Founded by Thomas Kerwin in 2010 with the support of James Loewenberg, bKL is a team of passionate designers and practitioners with expertise in a variety of markets and project types. They design sophisticated, inspiring spaces and structures that are timeless yet forward-thinking.

bKL Architecture’s open studio environment encourages a spirited exchange of ideas. Their culturally diverse team brings together a broad range of skills, experiences and backgrounds to create a vibrant atmosphere and design process. At the center of their process is a focus on in-depth analysis, intensive experimentation and collaboration.

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New Renderings Show Completed Wolf Point Skyscrapers in Chicago

New Renderings Show Completed Wolf Point Skyscrapers in Chicago

26 Jan 2018, Chicago – A set of renderings recently shared by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects provides an updated…

Proposal for Chicago’s Lakeshore East Goes Back to Drawing Board

Proposal for Chicago’s Lakeshore East Goes Back to Drawing Board

14 Dec 2017, Chicago – An ambitious development that would fill in the last major piece of downtown Chicago’s…

Designs for Chicago’s Supertall Vista Tower Updated as Construction Continues

Designs for Chicago’s Supertall Vista Tower Updated as Construction Continues

18 Jul 2017, Chicago – The design of the upcoming 98-story Vista Tower is still being refined, and recent…

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New Renderings Show Completed Wolf Point Skyscrapers in Chicago
26 Jan 2018 – Chicago, Unites States
A set of renderings recently shared by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects provides an updated look at Chicago’s Wolf Point mega-development. The renderings reveal additional…
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Proposal for Chicago’s Lakeshore East Goes Back to Drawing Board
14 Dec 2017 – Chicago, United States
An ambitious development that would fill in the last major piece of downtown Chicago’s multi-phase Lakeshore East neighborhood with three new high-rises will not move…
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Designs for Chicago’s Supertall Vista Tower Updated as Construction Continues
18 Jul 2017 – Chicago, United States
The design of the upcoming 98-story Vista Tower is still being refined, and recent updates include the replacement of residential space on the 83rd floor with an open-air…
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Meeting Reveals Details on New Developments in Chicago’s Lakeshore East
11 Jul 2017 – Chicago, United States
Even as it builds what will become the city's third-tallest skyscraper, a Chicago real estate developer is pushing ahead on a new wave of towers in its 11.3-hectare…
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Site Prep Begins for Wolf Point East in Chicago
7 Jul 2017 – Chicago, United States
Within a few weeks of receiving construction permits, crews are wasting little time getting to work at the site of the future 62-story apartment tower known as Wolf Point…
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Lakeshore East Developer Announces New Projects as Vista Rises in Chicago
29 Jun 2017 – Chicago, United States
After breaking ground in September, Chicago's Vista Tower is beginning to pop up into the city's iconic skyline. Meanwhile, one of its developers is preparing to unveil…
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Second Wolf Point Apartment Tower Cleared to Rise in Chicago
23 Jun 2017 – Chicago, United States
The second phase of the three-tower project at Wolf Point has scored its first building permit. With the official all-clear, the site will soon be swamped with crews…
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Possible Renderings Revealed for Chicago’s 300 North Michigan Avenue
16 May 2017 – Chicago, United States
An apartment tower is quietly in the works to replace a low-rise building at 300 North Michigan Avenue. Thanks to a handful of images posted on a development monitoring…
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Second Wolf Point Tower Sets Groundbreaking Date in Chicago
9 Mar 2017 – Chicago, United States
News that the 48-story Wolf Point West tower is up for sale comes with a second exciting bit of information: the next phase of the project – an even taller residential…
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Foundation Pours Advance Construction of Supertall Towers in New York and Chicago
7 Feb 2017 – New York City, United States
On Saturday February 4, construction workers in New York and Chicago completed concrete foundation pours for One Vanderbilt and Vista Tower, respectively. The two…
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Chicago’s Newest Residential Tower Opens in River North
27 Jan 2017 – Chicago, United States
The recently opened Exhibit on Superior draws its name from its location in the heart of River North’s art gallery and furniture showroom district. The cream colored high…
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Construction Scheduled for Wolf Point’s Second Tower in Chicago
30 Sep 2016 – Chicago, United States
The developers behind the multi-tower Wolf Point complex are planning to launch the construction of a 66-story apartment tower in early 2017 – the second of three planned…
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Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for Chicago's Future Third Tallest Building
7 Sep 2016 – Chicago, United States
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on September 7 for Chicago’s future third tallest tower. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to break ground at the site of the upcoming…
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Re-Planning Package Submitted for China’s Future Tallest Tower in Shenzhen
17 Aug 2016 – Shenzhen, China
A re-planning package has been submitted to local officials in Shenzhen for review. The plan is anchored by a tower poised to rise to 739 meters – a height that could see…
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Chicago’s Vista Tower Expected to Begin Construction in August According to Developer
22 Jul 2016 – Chicago, United States
Construction of the supertall Vista Tower planned for Wacker Drive will begin in "the next week or two," its developer says. Initial site prep will come later in July,…
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Chicago’s Upcoming Vista Tower Has Sold $200 Million in Condos Since March
7 Jun 2016 – Chicago, United States
According to sources, Lakeshore East’s upcoming supertall Vista Tower has sold $200 million worth of condominiums since March of 2016. The project is expected to break…
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Wolf Point's Eastern Tower to Break Ground by Early 2017 in Chicago
22 Apr 2016 – Chicago, United States
Fresh off the success of the 486-foot (148-meter) Wolf Point West Tower at the confluence of the Chicago River’s three branches, developers are looking to proceed with…
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700-Meter Megatall Skyscraper Proposed for Shenzhen
21 Apr 2016 – Shenzhen, China
Chicago-based bKL Architecture has unveiled their concept design proposal for a new tower and plaza located in Shenzhen, China. Rising to 700 meters, the new tower is…
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Chicago’s Wolf Point West Apartment Tower to Open in January
6 Jan 2016 – Chicago, United States
Wolf Point West, a new and highly anticipated 48-story LEED Silver apartment tower in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, has officially set its opening for January 2016…
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Chicago Plan Commission Approves Vista Tower
20 Nov 2015 – Chicago, United States
Plans for a $1 billion hotel and condominium tower that would be Chicago's third tallest skyscraper easily won approval on November 19 from the Chicago Plan Commission.…
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New Designs Revealed for Wolf Point Towers in Chicago
15 Jul 2015 – Chicago, United States
Construction is well underway on Wolf Point West Tower, which will be one of a trio of new buildings coming to the site, but the two other towers have just been given a…
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Proposed Skyscraper Could Be Third-Tallest – or Fifth-Tallest – in Chicago
14 Apr 2015 – Chicago, United States
At 1,144 feet (350 meters), Wanda Vista would be eight feet taller than the city's current third-tallest building, the Aon Center, provided it conforms to the standards…
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Work to Begin on Toronto’s Garrison Point Development
23 Dec 2014 – Toronto, Canada
The first two towers of the much-anticipated Garrison Point development are now preparing to move into construction, as a shoring permit application has been submitted…
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Chinese Developer Plots Massive Skyscraper on Chicago River
18 Dec 2014 – Chicago, United States
Plans for the $900 million, mixed-use mega-tower, called Wanda Vista, boast impressive numbers — and beg the question about where the high-rise would rank among the…
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Selby Condo Plans Turn Heads in Toronto
21 Nov 2014 – Toronto, Canada
The developers behind Mississauga’s curvaceous Marilyn Monroe towers have proposed a new condominium with clean-cut lines and a bold crimson hue to rise near the…
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New bKl-Designed Tower Slated for Chicago
27 Oct 2014 – Chicago, United States
A first look at the design of the forthcoming tower at “Site O” in Chicago’s Lakeshore East is now available. The new as-yet-unnamed tower will fit in the narrow space…
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Ground Broken on Chicago’s 200 North Michigan Avenue
7 Oct 2014 – Chicago, United States
On October 3, The John Buck Company broke ground on Michigan Avenue's first new skyscraper in five years: a 41-story residential apartment development with 2,045 square…
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New Apartment Tower Cleared to Replace Motel in Chicago's River North
26 Aug 2014 – Chicago, United States
The 35-story apartment tower intended to be built at the current site of the '50s-throwback Howard Johnson Inn in Chicago’s River North district doesn't yet have a name,…
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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Chicago’s Wolf Point West Tower
21 Jul 2014 – Chicago, United States
A groundbreaking ceremony took place July 18 at Chicago’s Wolf Point West Tower, featuring more than 150 workers and local labor leaders. Wolf Point West Tower is a $160…
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Wanda Group Plans 350-Meter High Rise in Chicago
9 Jul 2014 – Chicago, United States
Wanda Group intends to build a 350-meter high, 89-floor skyscraper, which would have a gross floor area of 131,400 square meters. The building would also house a 240-room…
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Chicago’s 200 N Michigan Receives Foundation Permit
1 Jul 2014 – Chicago, United States
With the demolition of a concrete mid-rise building at 200 North Michigan Avenue completed, developer John Buck is ready to begin erecting a sleek 42-story glass tower on…
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Renderings Revealed for Tower to Replace Chicago’s HoJo Building
13 May 2014 – Chicago, United States
Renderings have recently been revealed that show the potential design for the proposed 38-story residential tower designed by bKL Architecture that will replace the…
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Speculation Swarms River North’s HoJo Tower
4 Apr 2014 – Chicago, United States
Design drawings from bKL Architecture describe a proposed residential tower at 720 North LaSalle Street, which has been nicknamed the HoJo Tower as it would replace the…
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200 N Michigan Nods to Art-Deco Neighbor
4 Sep 2013 – Chicago, United States
bKL Architecture has designed a 45-story skyscraper for 200 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, including retail space and 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of…
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One of Three Wolf Point Towers Approved
28 Jan 2013 – Chicago, United States
Chicago city planners approved one tower of the three-tower development backed by the Kennedy family for Chicago's coveted Wolf Point. Developers will first build the 50-…
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Kennedy Family Revises Chicago Tower Plan
2 Nov 2012 – Chicago, United States
Faced with a laundry list of complaints from neighbors, the development team behind a three-tower project on the Chicago River has submitted new plans for the development…

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CTBUH Staff Taste Riverfront Lifestyle at Chicago’s Wolf Point

8 Dec 2017, Tour Report – As a treat for a long year of hard work, CTBUH staff members took a top-to-bottom…

Wolf Point West Tower Tour

27 Aug 2015, Tour Report – CTBUH Chicago hosted a tour of Wolf Point West Tower, a new building currently under…

YPC Holds Student Workshop on Coast at Lakeshore East

20 Mar 2013, Event Report – The Young Professionals Committee hosted its first student workshop at the…

bKL Architecture at CTBUH

CTBUH Staff Taste Riverfront Lifestyle at Chicago’s Wolf Point
8 Dec 2017, Chicago – Tour Report
As a treat for a long year of hard work, CTBUH staff members took a top-to-bottom tour of Wolf Point West, a luxury apartment tower that sits on the Chicago River.
Wolf Point West Tower Tour
27 Aug 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH Chicago hosted a tour of Wolf Point West Tower, a new building currently under construction along the Chicago River.
YPC Holds Student Workshop on Coast at Lakeshore East
20 Mar 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee hosted its first student workshop at the University of Illinois at Chicago on the Coast at Lakeshore East.
Climbing the Coast: Tour Report of New Chicago Skyscraper
24 Jul 2012, Chicago – Tour Report
With only two floors left before topping out, the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee organized a tour last week of the Coast at Lakeshore East.

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Tall Buildings Involving bKL Architecture

1   Vista Tower 2020 363 m Chicago
2   The Selby Condos 2019 171 m Toronto
3   Wolf Point West 2016 148 m Chicago
4   Coast at Lakeshore East 2013 142 m Chicago
5   MILA 2016 135 m Chicago
6   Exhibit on Superior 2017 109 m Chicago
7   Renelle on the River 2018 67 m Chicago
8   Union West Tower 1 2020 59 m Chicago
9   Union West Tower 2 2020 57 m Chicago
10   GEMS World Academy - Chicago, Lower Sc… 2014 47 m Chicago
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