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Old May 24th, 2012, 12:45 AM   #1
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CHICAGO | 130 North Franklin | 229m | 751ft | 53 fl | Pro




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Height: 229m / 751ft
Floor count: 53
Location: 130 North Franklin
Architect: Krueck & Sexton Architects
Developer: Tishman Speyer Properties







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New Life Coming to Old Merc Site on Washington

DAVID ROEDER [email protected] April 24, 2012 6:44PM

The half block that sits empty on the west side of Franklin between Washington and Randolph is a laggard in Loop development. Owned by the billionaire Crown family in partnership with Tishman Speyer Properties, it’s never arrived at the real estate marketing party in time to secure interest from tenants.


The owners have gotten little but parking revenue from the site for years. It used to have a building on it, the old Chicago Mercantile Exchange at 300 W. Washington, but the Crowns flexed their muscle at City Hall and got it torn down in 2003. It was architecturally significant, filled with paying tenants, but it was torn down in expectation of something loftier that never came.


http://www.suntimes.com/business/roe...ashington.html
http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...-quicklink.php
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Old May 24th, 2012, 01:28 AM   #2
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It isn't the best design, but I like the crystal like facade. It will also be a good 200m addition to Chicago.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 08:41 AM   #3
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boring design..too simple.. but i like the facades too.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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boring design..too simple.. but i like the facades too.
On some level, but it looks to me like their are big indentations in the front, so it should have a crystal like look, with parts that come out and parts that are indented, could look pretty sweet.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 11:29 PM   #5
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Old May 24th, 2012, 11:49 PM   #6
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Very nice!

Subtle but pleasing with perhaps too much bulk and with an unfortunate flat top. That said, it's nice to see Tishman Speyer getting back in the game after a few years of difficulty.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 02:47 AM   #7
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Very nice!

Subtle but pleasing with perhaps too much bulk and with an unfortunate flat top. That said, it's nice to see Tishman Speyer getting back in the game after a few years of difficulty.
After seeing this new design, I like it a lot. Should look great from street level.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 06:07 AM   #8
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Like DP said, "Subtle but pleasing"
If anything it'll be good filler.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 04:21 AM   #9
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Sorry, but I can't consider a 700-foot, Krueck & Sexton-designed building mere filler.
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Sorry, but I can't consider a 700-foot, Krueck & Sexton-designed building mere filler.
Yeah, this will be Chicago's 20th tallest building, and the design is quite attractive.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 08:22 AM   #11
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Chicago Skyscraper Development Map

Excluding the building with a green border, all buildings are over 650 feet/200m.


From Left to Right

One South Halsted - 50 stories, Post office Redevelopment - (400-610m) - 120 stories, River Point - 650 feet - 45 floors, 400 West Randolph - 213 meters - 50 floors, Wolf Point Tower 1 - 270m+ - 80 floors - Wolf Point Tower 2 - 228 meters + - 60 floors - Wolf Point Tower 3 - 160 meters - 50 floors,130 North Franklin - 213m, Clark & Wacker - 200m+ - 65 floors, 435 N Park(Undecided) - 193 meters - 54 floors, 375 Wacker Drive - 256 meters - 76 floors

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Old March 5th, 2013, 12:53 AM   #12
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~ Updated rendering: http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...fice-tower.php

notsureifsrs about this being a so-called "48 story tower"...
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I don't understand what's with this stupid 'trend' of tiny setbacks on the roofs. Either make it a box or don't.
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Old March 6th, 2013, 07:05 PM   #14
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~ Updated rendering: http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...fice-tower.php

notsureifsrs about this being a so-called "48 story tower"...
Actually, Tishman Speyer posted the wrong rendering on its website. The design hasn't changed from the previous version.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 03:44 PM   #15
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what shame, the first design was nicer!
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Soil testing happened at the site about a month ago.http://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2...ew-skyscraper/
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Is the Jagged-Glass 130 N Franklin Finally Moving Forward?



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We last heard about real estate firm Tishman Speyer's angular glass office tower project for Franklin and Randolph over a year ago, but now the project appears that it may be finally moving forward. The 49 story, 696 foot commercial office tower was designed by a joint effort between Gensler, Krueck & Sexton, and Thornton Tomasetti, and according to a source close to the project, is expected to begin construction around March 2015. Krueck & Sexton gained much renown in the architectural design world for their design of the Spertus Institute on Michigan Avenue, with an angular glass design said to be the inspiration for Roosevelt University's Vertical Campus tower, and a theme that clearly continues in this tower.
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Nice tower !
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Tishman Speyer's Loop Office Tower Inching Toward Reality



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The angular glass office highrise planned for 130 N Franklin in the Loop is continuing its slow march from concept to construction site. The last time we checked in on this project, an anonymous source had told us the project was being revived from a year-long quiet period, without many supporting details. Today, the Chicago Architecture Blog is reporting that 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly (and the man whose whims determine what gets built in the downtown area) is putting his support behind the Tishman Speyer-led development, submitting paperwork at City Hall to push the project through the political machine.
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Nice. Not just the average box with all those curves.
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