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    How much do you think the wave pattern balconies help to maximize views? Can't be much and only if you're standing on the railing. Sounds more like a marketing ploy to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citytect View Post
    How much do you think the wave pattern balconies help to maximize views? Can't be much and only if you're standing on the railing. Sounds more like a marketing ploy to me.
    S/G mapped out the view corridors of the tower very early on in the project, using city models and string to determine the primary and secondary sightlines and then sculpting the balconies accordingly. The balconies really do bump out the footprints of the units.

    For instance, a south-facing unit on the 60th floor that would otherwise only allow views of the BCBS tower in front of it might now gain a view of Grant Park or of the Lake. The balconies have been placed to allow sightlines between buildings and/or at oblique & right angles.

    One does of course need to be on the balcony to get the privileged views.

    Not the best example, but this pic from S/G shows how a south-facing unit might gain a view through adjacent buildings to the East and the Lake:


    http://www.studiogang.net/projects_e1.htm

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    Nice and clean. Looks like a rendering.

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    It looks great in person, but my only complaint is the top. It doesn't stand out in person but it kind of looks cheap in photos. I assume the mechanicals are hidden underneath that box up top?

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    That's a nasty trio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyguy999 View Post
    155 North Wacker - 638 ft

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    These buildings are crap, and the cheap box in the middle really sucks since it's built on some of the primest land in Chicago.

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    Um, that "box" does not look cheap. The skin looks rather nice actually.

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    Good skin. Bad bones.

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    Are those shots of 155 North Wacker photos or renderings? It's very slick looking.

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    From the bottom up it certainly is not attractive. But the base is fantastic.

    While I believe recent Chicago architecture to be vastly inferior to recent New York architecture, one thing I noticed on a recent trip was how much better they do the lobby. Perhaps it is because sidewalk property value is so much less, and they don't feel obligated to cram a Home Depot and a bank branch in every overgrown base as the developers do here--but some of the groundfloors I saw in otherwise uninspiring buildings were downright majestic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Are those shots of 155 North Wacker photos or renderings? It's very slick looking.
    Photos.

    Quote Originally Posted by lbjefferies View Post
    Perhaps it is because sidewalk property value is so much less, and they don't feel obligated to cram a Home Depot and a bank branch in every overgrown base as the developers do here
    I'll agree that these newer office buildings don't cram retail space into the base like the old ones - for better or worse. However, they almost all have restaurants, stores, and yes, bank branches on the first floor, including this one:


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    Roosevelt University - "vertical campus" tower
    469 ft/ 32 floors - supposedly the second tallest university building in the US after the Cathedral of Learning


    The facade of Andrew Rebori's tiny Fine Arts Building Annex (left) will remain

    Rising next to Adler & Sullivan's masterpiece

    It's sort of reminiscent of Chelsea Modern, at least from the renderings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbjefferies View Post
    While I believe recent Chicago architecture to be vastly inferior to recent New York architecture, one thing I noticed on a recent trip was how much better they do the lobby.
    VERY true. Was recently in Chicago for a few weeks for work. The people I was working with there all have "favorite lobbies" near the office my company has in Chicago ... and even though our firm's global headquarters is in NY, the Chicago office has a much, much more impressive lobby.

    I wasn't quite as impressed with Chicago architecture/urbanity as I had hoped to be, though. There's a very un-urban open feeling to the city (a bit like Moscow), and the central downtown/business area empties out at night in ways that make any NYer's jokes about Wall Street being a dead zone in the evening sound absolutely misplaced. And land is clearly less dear than in NY; just a block or two back from Millennium Park and S Michigan Avenue, the number of vacant lots, surface lots, and check-cashing-type businesses is shockingly high. Even in the most central areas, not only vacant/surface lots and parking garages were in surprising abundance, but so were relatively new-looking squat buildings of 4-5 stories. I can't imagine any developer being able to profit in NY by building such squat, short buildings in such central locations. ... Overall, I was expecting a denser and, frankly, nicer city ... but in the Loop, the lobbies of the big new towers sure are swanky.

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    I agree. It's been five years since I was there but I was surprised at the number of large, five floor residential buildings being constructed, when clearly they could have gone up. I can't imagine it's zoning. Plus if you walk along Clark St., past Carl Sandburg Village, the sidewalk gets extremely narrow, considering this is a major artery, and new buildings are not being set back to make room for a bigger sidewalk. It's so different from New York. People there don't really talk about Europe, or going there.

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