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    Certainly no lack of 500-600 footers. But this is just filler material. Hopefully the two taller (officially approved) towers will get built.


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    name * * * * * * * * * * * * * * use * * * * * *height * * *floors
    [b]recently completed (since 1999):[/b]
    1 Park Tower * * * * * * * * *res./hotel * * * *844 ft * * * *67 
    2 UBS Tower * * * * * * * * * office * * * * * *651 ft * * * *50 
    3 River East Center I * * * * residential * * * 644 ft * * * *58 
    4 One Superior Place * * * * *residential * * * 502 ft * * * *52 
    
    [b]under construction:[/b]
    1 55 East Erie * * * * * * * *residential * * * 650 ft * * * *56 
    2 Grand Plaza Tower I * * * * residential * * * 641 ft * * * *57 
    3 Millennium Centre * * * * * residential * * * 596 ft * * * *59 
    4 Dearborn Center * * * * * * office * * * * * *580 ft * * * *39 
    5 The Fordham * * * * * * * * residential * * * 574 ft * * * *52 
    6 Park Millennium * * * * * * residential * * * 544 ft * * * *57 
    7 The Pinnacle * * * * * * * *residential * * * 535 ft * * * *48 
    8 191 North Wacker Drive * * *office * * * * * *516 ft * * * *37 
    
    [b]on-deck circle (approved):[/b]
    1 Trump Tower Chicago * * * * office/res. * * 1,125 ft * * * *86 
    2 111 West Wacker Drive * * * office/res. * * * 867 ft * * * *69 
    3 Pritzker Tower * * * * * * *office * * * * * *690 ft * * * *48 
    4 111 South Wacker Drive * * *office * * * * * *638 ft * * * *48 
    5 The Heritage * * * * * * * *residential * * * 621 ft * * * *57
    (as posted by Steely Dan at SSPage)


    The new design of 111 South Wacker: (48-50 floors, still about 640 ft.) Height still subject to change. . .


    Exterior looking south


    Exterior lobby view


    interior lobby view


    ^^^ Disappointing. The original design was much better IMO. The design was changed because of the (perception) that it wasn't safe enough. Think 9/11. . . Here it is:



    Hyatt Center (Pritzker Tower) 690ft. / 48 st. Another dissapointing design:



    "But it was insinuated that perhaps an ornament across the top might materialize some day.... " - Charles Shaw


    The Heritage at Millennium Park 621 ft. / 57 st.



    Trump Tower Chicago *1,125ft / * * 86st








    111 W. Wacker Drive * * 867ft */ * *69st.



    (Edited by Grimm at 9:57 am on Nov. 2, 2002)

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    111 W. Wacker Drive *is a necessity.
    We need it to overshadow Bofill's monstrosity.

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    Very dull and conservative.

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    Alteast here I dont need to be biased. New York's latest crop is far better. I fear the midwest is stuck with Postmodernism for awhile, but PostModern is somehow fitting for those cities. Trump Tower Chicago is very interesting, I wonder if it will be built?

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    Trump Tower has great siting on the Chicago River like that.

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    I want that city model for my bedroom!!

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    Quote: from Stern on 4:22 pm on Oct. 17, 2002
    Alteast here I dont need to be biased. New York's latest crop is far better.
    Agreed.


    Hyatt Center:




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    I usually stick to the New York threads at skyscraperpage. But I took special attention to the Hyatt Center. Foster futurism, with a structural modernism best fits Chicago. And this is a huge loss for them, the Cobb design is a filler, far too conservative. And this is from the Pritzker family, how should they be able to judge anything.

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    Also how large is the TTC (in area) its massive.

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    Im only interested in the area of the building, in square feet. Im sure its well over 2 million.

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    It looks like a bastardized Sears Tower. What a waste.

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    This beautiful building needs a pair of spires, or antennas. This is Chicago, the city of Sears, John Hancock, 7SD... why not respect the tradition ?

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    Very nice.


    Planting the Hardscape

    A Mies-designed plaza in Chicago turns green and cozy.


    by Chris Bentley
    09.04.2013


    Landscaping aims to make a Mies plaza feel like a lush park. Courtesy Ted Wolff Landscape Architects and Goettsch Partners

    Plans for an aging Ludwig Mies van der Rohe plaza in downtown Chicago are not so much an update as a transformation. In renderings from Wolff Landscape Architects and Goettsch Partners, amoeba-like forms wrap around Mies’ black steel columns, bearing lush berms three to five feet high.

    “We wanted to provide more circulation and programming,” said designer Ted Wolff. “But the main thing is the feeling. It should be more park than plaza.”

    When landlord Reit Management & Research acquired the building in 2010 and 2011, they recognized the need for renovations. Water damage threatened parts of the structure as well as the terrazzo plaza linking East Wacker Drive and North Michigan Avenue. Stairs connecting the Water Street entrance with the plaza overhead had been closed years ago due to water damage, further obscuring an already underused gateway between Michigan Avenue and North Stetson Avenue to the east.

    Since the stairs closed, high-rise construction has recast the area east of Michigan Avenue as Chicago’s “New Eastside.” As a logical link to Michigan Avenue, the restored plaza could serve as a new entryway to the neighborhood.



    Although they share a public space, 233 North Michigan Avenue (whose entrance actually sits just east of Michigan on Water Street) and 111 East Wacker Drive span three floors. At 30 and 35 stories tall, the towers cast shade on the plaza for much of the day, creating a sense of coldness on the flat expanse.

    “We feel these buildings are so powerful,” said Wolff, “but there are design problems, and they’re not going to be solved by praying at the altar of Mies.”

    The landscaping features shade-tolerant plants like wild ginger, common periwinkle, ward’s yew, and apple serviceberry. A fire pit, free wifi, and movable, brightly colored furniture are among the plaza’s enticements to linger in what has been largely a throughway for office commuters. The design’s varied amoeba-like forms adhere to a rigid geometry with radii of 4, 8, 16, or 32 feet.

    The landscaped forms rise three to five feet in the middle, high enough to obscure a seated person’s view and convey the coziness of a park. Movable furniture affords visitors a little control of where they sit and red pavers accent some portions of the concrete walkways.

    The project announces its presence on Michigan Avenue with an LED-backlit “Illinois Center” sign placed where the building’s lower levels straddle Water Street. Renovations also include consolidating the Americans with Disabilities Act–compliant entrance with the building’s main vestibule on Water Street.

    Construction is underway. A partial opening is planned for this winter. A full opening is planned for spring.

    http://www.archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=6833

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