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Old January 18th, 2009, 09:02 PM   #261
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Beautiful addition to the skyline.
Agreed.
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The Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus
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Macedonia, of course, is a part of Greece". Strabo, VII, Frg. 9
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Old January 18th, 2009, 11:48 PM   #262
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maybe it would've been....a 100 years ago. now it's just a standard government cheese lucien project for rich people with no taste. consider it a really tall hinsdale tear-down.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 01:41 AM   #263
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Cool crisp cold Chicago air makes for great photos
then again, at any temperature the Chi is simply beautiful
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Old January 19th, 2009, 07:14 AM   #264
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i just have never been a fan of historicist design like this. i think it's safe, fake, and soulless. sorry.

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Old January 19th, 2009, 07:45 AM   #265
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^ No need to be sorry. This building is terrible. Not as terrible as some of Lagrange's other projects but terrible nevertheless.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 06:46 PM   #266
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^ No need to be sorry. This building is terrible. Not as terrible as some of Lagrange's other projects but terrible nevertheless.
That's the thing. Was he pandering with this design or was he just trying to be "contextual"?
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Old January 21st, 2009, 08:01 PM   #267
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Overall, I don't hate it. Just seems like an obvious Park Hyatt rip-off (which it is.) But of all things, why does it have to be BEIGE!?! There should be a law...
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Old January 21st, 2009, 08:23 PM   #268
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It isn't as bad as Park Tower. But that isn't saying much.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 07:46 PM   #269
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I'm not a huge fan. However, I'm very pleased it's not simply Another Glass Box.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 08:55 PM   #270
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There's nothing wrong with an historic look to a building. This building looks good to me. It is nice to have some buildings that are not flat-topped.

The Elysian is tall and slender with a nice peak to the roof. A great addition to the skyline.

We have plenty of glass boxes. It's OK to have a mix of styles. This is no masterpiece, but it is by no means an eyesore.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 01:54 AM   #271
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In River North, I'll take a glass box over a beige ***** any day. Heck, keep the hat-on-top idea, just modern it up a bit.

I don't think it's an eyesore, I just hoped for something with a bit of originality.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 05:18 AM   #272
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you on these boards are all aware that lucien lagrange let all his modernist designers go about 3 months ago....right?
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 07:11 AM   #273
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^That's a shame, because Erie on the Park is fantastic.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 06:27 PM   #274
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Doesn't it feel like this tower has been frozen in basically the same state for the months and month now? I remember looking out my 26th floor at 191 N. Wacker and getting an awesome view straight up the North Loop and seeing this tower as it is today....and that was last fall.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 08:56 PM   #275
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Uh, no. Not really. The huge 'roof' has only taken shape these past few weeks.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #276
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I think it's a great addition to the skyline. I'm not a HUGE fan of the modern glass boxes, so I like this design.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 07:50 PM   #277
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I think it's a great addition to the skyline. I'm not a HUGE fan of the modern glass boxes, so I like this design.
I agree. I'm not a big fan of this building but it definitely adds to the skyline...especially when driving south on LSD (coming from the northside)...as well as a few other angles.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 02:55 AM   #278
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I'm reading a collection of Chicago Tribune's architecture critic Blair Kamin who has a thing or two to say about recent development when it comes to skyscrapers. I kinda agree with him that the past years have been more a matter of quantity (or Consumerism) then of quality. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing as urban mass by itself can be good looking as well (which is why New York looks great as a tight collection of mostly bland towers), but also because the world becomes more global, a true local way or expressing architecture becomes quite rare. If it happens, architect just add some references on a box and that's it. Personally my flavour tends to lean more toward Aqua looking buildings than retro ones by the way. Designing something of the past can be eye pleasing but easy, designing something of the future, that's the challenge. But really what they are are designs on a box. Most new building don't seem to have an agenda any more.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:14 AM   #279
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Sorry. Just because it does not equate to a glass box does not mean that it is trash. Recently people have been focused on modern garbage. Why? Maybe when you realize that this is variety from the mundane then you will come to appreciate it. Variety makes a great city. It is surprising you people want to have a homogeneous, communistic city.

p.s Aqua is really just a glass box that was produced by a jaded and very uncreative individual who felt like 'plastic fins' would ameliorate a rectangular prism. If this is the style you people are interested in, then...
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:52 AM   #280
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The vast majority of River North is beige, so this building blends right in. It's also an almost identical copy of Park Hyatt, only a few blocks away. (A 'Mini Me', if you prefer.) The peaked roof isn't exactly unique either, since there are at least 3 others within 5 blocks.

I don't actually mind the building by itself, but the AREA would certainly have "more variety" if a few glass/steel towers were sprinkled in. (modern or not)
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