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Old February 23rd, 2006, 07:39 PM   #501
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thanks for the info man!

i hate to be the negitive one but i think i can shit out a turd that looks better than aqua i guess im the architecturely critical one on this forum but i realy dislike this design! mabey with ill like it better if i saw more renderings of this but otherwhize im not a fan of this one at all.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 09:25 PM   #502
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Thanks for the leak kingofdurians. This makes me think of a modern day Marina Towers. I cant wait to see the final results.
I was kind of thinking the same thing......it is an amalgam of certain chicago classics w/ a twist......

it appears boxy (masculine) from a distance like many of the classic chicago buildings......yet is punctuated by the marina city stlyle pleats....

it wraps this hybrid of type in feminine undulation

I can't make up my mind if its a guy dressed as a girl, a girl dressed as a guy.....

....or a hermaphrodite
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 09:39 PM   #503
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Wow, so much new stuff since I was last online.

I'm speechless..
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 10:43 PM   #504
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I've just seen a rendering of the building and it looks exactly like the model. I can't give you the color of the tower though because I don't know. The rendering that I saw was at dusk. BUt the height that I got from the documentation that I saw was 835' 4".
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 11:18 PM   #505
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So this one is also smaller than we expected too. A little disappointed.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 12:29 AM   #506
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Since we're on the topic, it was my understanding that the Mandarin Oriental was to occupy the first 40+ floors of Aqua!
Notice the transition floor about 2/3 up the model--that's where the hotel ends and the condos begin.
thats odd, i thought it was going to be a separate tower for the Manderin Oriental and i was under the impression that that tower was to be over 1000ft ?
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Old February 24th, 2006, 01:09 AM   #507
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Manadrin won't be the hotel operating in Aqua. IIRC it's the Fairmont Chicago expanding its alreadly large hotel across the street.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 01:26 AM   #508
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So this one is also smaller than we expected too. A little disappointed.

Just a tad, if the Mandarin is a quality great design though 835 still ain't too shabby.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 02:46 AM   #509
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My heart broke too but I am happy with the correct height, though. Look at the bright side: any city (except LV, NYC, and Miami) in North America would kill to have our building boom that is currently moving at light-years.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 06:18 AM   #510
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i never thought i would see the day that an 800+ footer could be a dissapointment lol
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Old February 24th, 2006, 06:22 AM   #511
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Depends on how you view it. I had lofty ideas too, but this is still an amazing building. Keep in mind you are looking at glass and cardboard cut and pasted together, not a finished model or rendering or actual building.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 07:08 AM   #512
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Manadrin won't be the hotel operating in Aqua. IIRC it's the Fairmont Chicago expanding its alreadly large hotel across the street.
It is the Fairmont, more precisely the Fairmont Suites that'll be in the Aqua. The broker I was talking to mentioned that they're 'hoping' it goes thru, also mentioned something about the Mandarin possibly being in 340 Randolph, but wasn't 100% sure about it.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 07:12 AM   #513
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Mandarin is not going to be in any other building. It is going to be in the one everyone has been saying it will be in. I will try and get the drawings soon.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 07:13 AM   #514
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^Cool. But yeah, 340 is more than 80% sold so there is no room for them left.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 09:29 PM   #515
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Have anyone here seen the backside of Regatta u/c?

U-G-L-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-!-!-!-!

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^ Chi_Coruscant... I'm not sure one can tell yet. It might not be too bad when its finished. But I'm worried about that side as well, especially the windowless concrete facade of the lower building adjacent to it.
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Old February 25th, 2006, 01:30 AM   #517
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^ Chi_Coruscant... I'm not sure one can tell yet. It might not be too bad when its finished. But I'm worried about that side as well, especially the windowless concrete facade of the lower building adjacent to it.
I can tell. Actually the west side going east on wacker is terrible looking too. It goes from a beautiful all glass curving facade on the front to smaller windows and and overbearing amount of concrete on the west side...ITS GRAND PLAZA ALL OVER AGAIN, at least on the west side...well at least the front looks nice..but come on, how cheap are they, make the whole thing glass please!

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Old February 25th, 2006, 06:03 AM   #518
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Uhh... there are other ways to make a successful design than just wrapping the entire thing in glass. Don't get me wrong, I think they pretty much dropped the ball on the south and west facades of this one, but, it should be pretty well hidden by other towers anyway (probably a good part of the decision).
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Uhh... there are other ways to make a successful design than just wrapping the entire thing in glass. Don't get me wrong, I think they pretty much dropped the ball on the south and west facades of this one, but, it should be pretty well hidden by other towers anyway (probably a good part of the decision).
^ Are we calling the Wacker Drive face the "front"?

Also, I think you are right--the south and west sides will probably be covered by other buildings
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Old February 25th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #520
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^ Are we calling the Wacker Drive face the "front"?

Also, I think you are right--the south and west sides will probably be covered by other buildings
Thats what I assumed was the front right? It seems Wacker would be the most accesible and the more prominent entrance/address.

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