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Optima Lumina

Wilmette, IL
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Our proposal for Optima Lumina is comprised of up to 135 luxury one, two, and three-bedroom condominium residences* and an additional 6,816 GSF of destination commercial and retail space. Optima Lumina is now designed as a unique standalone building adjacent to Optima Verdana® with vibrant sustainable architecture, high quality construction, and extensive amenities and services. The project will provide high quality housing and commercial space with an active streetscape that will also help to further enhance the vitality of the center of the Village of Wilmette.

Design

The building is designed with a 70′-0″ wide and 45′-0″ deep separation at grade level between Optima Verdana® and Optima Lumina creating a combined open space of approximately 6,211 SF. This open space consists of an approximately 2,497 SF open plaza with public art and landscaping, with the remainder dedicated to private outdoor dining and landscaping for high-end destination retail and commercial along Green Bay Road. Additionally there is private outdoor dining and public landscaping at the corner of Green Bay Road and Washington Avenue with the relocation of the existing Starbucks. The atmosphere created by the architecture, landscaping, and open space will ensure pleasant surroundings at the plaza to engage the community. The enhancement of the streetscape and the addition of the plaza have been designed to align with the Village Center Master Plan goals. Above the plaza, 61’-0” wide openings between facing terraces and a 32’-6” opening between the buildings creates additional separation.

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The building is designed with a 70′-0″ wide and 45′-0″ deep separation at grade level between Optima Verdana® and Optima Lumina creating a combined open space of approximately 6,211 SF. This open space consists of an approximately 2,497 SF open plaza with public art and landscaping, with the remainder dedicated to private outdoor dining and landscaping for high-end destination retail and commercial along Green Bay Road. Additionally there is private outdoor dining and public landscaping at the corner of Green Bay Road and Washington Avenue with the relocation of the existing Starbucks. The atmosphere created by the architecture, landscaping, and open space will ensure pleasant surroundings at the plaza to engage the community. The enhancement of the streetscape and the addition of the plaza have been designed to align with the Village Center Master Plan goals. Above the plaza, 61’-0” wide openings between facing terraces and a 32’-6” opening between the buildings creates additional separation.

Optima Lumina is designed to step back on the upper floors along Washington Avenue, at the entire 6th floor along Green Bay Road, and at the entire 6th floor along the alley. Consistent with Verdana, Lumina will feature the signature Optima Vertical Landscaping System with coniferous planting providing year-round greenery. Strategically located private terraces provide visual interest to the undulating façade on all sides of the building.

Optima Lumina will include 30,000 sf of amenity space located at grade level and on the roof. The roof is designed with a sky deck, glass-enclosed heated pool, spa, cold plunge, year-round sauna, outdoor firepits, barbecues, seating areas, perimeter plantings and sheltering arbors, a residents’ club and party room with chef’s kitchen, games, and bocce court.

Level 1 features a spacious lobby, library lounge, as well as a management office, business center, and conference rooms. A fitness center that looks out over the courtyard will include an indoor pickleball/basketball court, strength and aerobic training equipment, a yoga studio, a Pilates studio, golf simulator and sports lounge. A massage room, kids’ playroom, bike storage and pet spa will round out the amenities at grade level.

The immediate adjacency of the site of Optima Verdana® enables us to efficiently and logically incorporate the design and also infrastructure established in the existing Optima Verdana®. The ability to share physical facilities such as access to the underground garage and a commercial service corridor, among others, creates an efficiency in the development of the project. Further, shared branding and operations by Optima® will deliver the same elevated experience within the Village of Wilmette.

“Optima Lumina is now designed as a unique standalone building adjacent to Optima Verdana®. Optima Lumina is designed to step back on levels four and five at the corner of Green Bay Road and Washington Avenue to create a tapering effect that aesthetically concludes the combined forms with a rhythmic, logical ending. From the street, Lumina will appear to have a continuous roofline at level five with levels six and seven of Lumina set back out of sight. Elsewhere, the recessed balconies from Optima Verdana® are to be echoed in Lumina providing a recurring theme across both buildings that, additionally, give residents fresh air and open space. Cascading plants are a motif from Verdana that will recur in Lumina, softening and animating the two building façades. The open plaza between the two buildings is meant to be a public punctuation point that will provide the public with a sheltered courtyard and enliven the streetscape by drawing customers to the provided retail.”

– David Hovey, Sr. FAIA and David C. Hovey, Jr., AIA

With corporate offices in Glencoe and Scottsdale, Optima® has a long history of developing in Wilmette beginning with 1618 Sheridan Rd. in 1991, Optima Center Wilmette in 1997, and Lake Courts in 1998, and most recently Optima Verdana®.

Condominium, Multi-Family

Completed: In Zoning

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