Best Active Adult Design of 2020: A Glass Tower On a Challenging Hipsturbia Site

The first-ring Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois has become a hotbed of real estate development in recent years. One of the town’s newest developments is a 17-story building for active seniors, located near the heart of its downtown core.

Avidor Evanston, a 17-story, 169-unit apartment building for residents ages 55 and up, rises from a triangular-shaped infill site, glazed glass accentuating the site’s perimeter and shape. The building also contains nearly 12,000 square-feet of amenity space, including a rooftop deck with clear sightlines of downtown and Chicago to the south.

Building on the site presented challenges that the developer and architect, resulting in a unique design that earned Avidor Evanston top honors in the 2020 Senior Housing New Architecture & Design Awards “Best Active Adult” category.

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The concept

Avidor Evanston is the third development from Avidor Living, an active adult brand launched in 2019 by St. Louis-based operator Allegro Senior Living and its development partner High Street Residential, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dallas-based real estate developer and service provider Trammell Crow. In addition to Evanston, Avidor has communities in the north Chicago suburb of Glenview; Edina and Minnetonka, Minnesota; and Omaha, Nebraska.

Downtown Evanston, an epicenter of the “hipsturbia”

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