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    not quite the spire
    but 2nd or 3rd most interesting new building going up in chicago
    i haven't seen AQUA getting ANY publicity

    Trump tower chicago is beautiful too ...

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    AQUA

    Architect: Jeanne Gang

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    AQUA: ... in addition to 210 hotels rooms (floors 1-18), 476 rental residential units (floors 19-52), and 263 condominium units & Penthouses (floors 53-80). Aqua will also be the first downtown building to combine condos, apartments and a hotel.

    Height: 251 m (822 ft)



    Clusters of high-rise towers in Chicago tell a story of a struggle for views.
    New towers must negotiate smaller view corridors between already existing
    buildings. In response to this situation the Aqua Tower is designed to capture
    particular views that would otherwise be unattainable.

    A series of contours defined by outdoor terraces extend away from the face
    of the structure to see past neighbors. These contours are defined by
    outdoor terraces that gradually undulate over the height of the building.
    Shaping of the terraces is further defined and de-formed by criteria such as
    solar shading and dwelling type.

    The eighty story tower includes a hotel, apartments, condominiums, parking,
    and offices totaling over 1.75 million square feet.

    Architect: STUDIO GANG ARCHITECTS
    Architect of Record: Loewenberg & Associates

    Owner: Confidential

    Completion: Summer 2008

    www.lakeshoreeast.com/aqua

    Aqua will provide you with everything you have come to expect from world class urban living. You will be greeted by our 24-hr door staff as you enter the cool-contemporary lobby. Whether it be a V-12 or a 10-speed we’ve got you’re your space covered, with indoor private parking and bike room. Access the Pedway, stop by the shops or pick up your dry-cleaning as you make your way to the private high-speed zoned elevators, on your way to your home in the clouds.

    Tantalize your sense of reality in the largest outdoor pool deck in Chicago. Aqua’s palatial 80,000 square foot outdoor space enables you to engage the sun during the day and dance with the stars at night. Swim in the pool and relax in the hot tub while warm lake breezes fill the air. Walk or jog on the Shore Club running track winding through the lush landscaping. At night, grab a drink and sit at the fire pit watching the flames try to compete with the skyline. Let your mind absorb the view of The Park at Lakeshore East, the six-acre neighborhood green space that features award-winning landscaping. The choice is up to you.

    At Aqua your opportunities are endless. The media room gives you the capability to expand the party by enjoying a movie in a theater setting. Afterwards, fill in the stylish lounge or the private party room The billiards room is waiting for the times when you want to rack the night up. Wind down in the skygarden, business center or library for some of that essential alone-time you’ve been craving. Whether toning up or soothing down, the sports club, spa and yoga/pilates studio is ready to welcome you and satisfy your needs. An indoor lap pool and whirlpool offers a great way to finish off a grueling workout.

    Accent your home with a balcony as unique as you are. Aqua’s balconies not only create the stunning exterior shape of the building, they bring individuality to each home. With no two balconies alike, for the first time ever, each unique owner has a unique condo. Soaring residences offer breathtaking views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Aqua’s powerful aesthetics reach inside with high-end finishes, hardwood floors and designer fixtures. Each Snaidero or Fieldstone kitchen is a work of art. Elegant and contemporary designs frame each room and welcome you home.
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    Architectural model by Columbian Model and Exhibit Works, Chicago

    Full resolution‎ image (1,721 × 3,544 pixels)

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    Looks like that proposal for 440 West 42nd Street in NYC.

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    Here are the renderings of New York's "Aqua":





    Is this the proposal that went south when Cirque du Soleil got cut out?

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    Yes. (And with the way things are proceeding at Pier 40, they may very well be kept out of New York for a long while...)

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    No tears shed for the very successful CdS ...

    And nothing is stopping Cirque de Soleil from coming to NYC and putting on their show(s).

    They do it for weeks at a time each and every year. In fact they close out a 2+ month run of WINTUK at MSG / WaMu Theater tomorrow, January 6.

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    No one's saying they don't hold shows here. The reality is, they've had unusually bad luck in gaining a year-round foothold (which I'm sure there's more than enough demand for), despite having partnered with one of the city's most successful developers in Related.

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    Pictures I took of the construction site:

    September 14, 2006


    September 19, 2006


    March 9, 2007


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    I wonder if there will be an indorr pool as well, with the name Aqua, I'd hope so.

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    I give Chicago an 8 for the Aqua.

    It would have been a 9 or more, except for the awkward street level facade shown in the middle pic above. Is that what will face onto the park?

    Also, my pointage might go down depending on how this one looks when completed -- particularly in regard to the balconies. A mis-step there could wreck the sense of weightlessness that is now evident in the design.

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    it seems as though the trend now with some of these new high rises is to have each unit "unique" in some way. I.E. the balconies on this or the units in the Chicago Spire. Hopefully this trend continues.

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    I like this one a lot. I just wish they did something about that double floor that looks a little odd. Is that a sky lobby or some sort of mechanical floor 2/3 up the building?

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    awesome pictures as always, Solar.

    This is going to be a good one - sort of under the radar for most casual followers of Chi architecture. I agree that the facade, and in fact the whole lower portion of the structure, detracts from the project. It looks like a serious afterthought.

    Where is the parking in this project?

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