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Old June 8th, 2016, 09:25 PM   #101
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Damn this looks amazing. Sure the Spire would have looked better. This is a nice replacement
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Old June 8th, 2016, 09:39 PM   #102
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Great design and more integrated and in tune with Chicago's architectural past, present, and future. The spiral was interesting but too avante garde for the architectural legacy of Chicago, in my view. In borrowing slightly from the Hancock, this is a beautiful addition. The best feature is how the structural legs create a pass through archway over Lake Shore Drive. Splendid. Simply Splendid.
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Old June 8th, 2016, 09:41 PM   #103
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The first render uses a really old picture for the skyline. This project may be a few years old already.
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Old June 8th, 2016, 10:14 PM   #104
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Old June 8th, 2016, 10:27 PM   #105
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I like the concept of the tripod legs over Lakeshore Dr. However, they are a bit too stocky for my taste. Something a bit more slender and refined like the braces holding up the skybridge at KL's Petronas (scaled up of course) or the braces at Milan's Il Dritto would be more fitting IMO.
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Old June 8th, 2016, 11:35 PM   #106
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What are the chances of this thing actually being constructed?
Very low. The company who owns the plot is very take no risks/conservative.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 12:16 AM   #107
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Am I the only one who thinks that the US should probably step up their game and build Megatalls in this country. I know I know it is a matter of tenants and demand but I do think that instead of plenty highrises between 500 ft to 1000 ft I would be gladly to se ONE Megatall in the Western Hemisphere because it does not exist one today and I for one support it to be Chicago and America. The birthplace and home of Skyscrapers.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 12:36 AM   #108
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You're not alone with your opinion. The fact that a city like Chicago and New York had none megatall is an embarrassment. Which City in the US would be more predestinated for such a building...
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Old June 9th, 2016, 12:46 AM   #109
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I think a megatall would be more fit for Chicago than for New York. When that is said, the "legs" (supporting beams) on this tower are plain hideous. I think they should build the spire (or an all third proposal), and just make it 800 meters instead of 600, bringing the US to the global forefront of megatall architecture. The extra 200 meters would probably even have paid for themselves after a few years with all the extra tourists you'd get.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 02:07 AM   #110
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I like it even more than the Chicago Spire. Too bad it has 0.000000001% chance of being built
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Old June 9th, 2016, 02:43 AM   #111
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Very low. The company who owns the plot is very take no risks/conservative.
Yea it's a bummer, hopefully they realize what an amazing site with grand potential this is and build something halfway decent.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 03:08 AM   #112
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Yes this one fits the skyline better BUT it is boring ... it doesn't add anything to the city just another taller tower. I would prefer seeing something with an identity that will actually turn heads and become a worldwide landmark for Chicago. Chicago Spire had a soul and is way more interesting than this.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 08:05 AM   #113
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You're not alone with your opinion. The fact that a city like Chicago and New York had none megatall is an embarrassment. Which City in the US would be more predestinated for such a building...
Well as far as NY is concerned, there seems to be a "gentleman's agreement" that 1 WTC has set the height limit of the city at 1776 feet. You can see that in the new nordstrom Central Park tower which will cap at 1775 feet. That being said, money talks and I'm sure there is a brash developer out there who would love to own the first 600+m/2000+ft tower in new york. In fact, I can think of a certain presidential candidate who would love to make that sort of impact on the skyline, decorum be damned...

Anyways, re: Chicago, I love this new design! I live in LA, and out west we are a little sick of Gensler, but I love what they did with this tower. I agree with the above that say that this new more muscular design fits the skyline well. Chicago is the city of broad shoulders, own it! At any rate it's unlikely this gets built, but if it does, I'll be happy for Chicago that they get this addition to their skyline.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 08:46 AM   #114
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-4% of this happening
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Old June 9th, 2016, 09:18 AM   #115
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I really like it, although if it gets built, i'm sure the "Funicular Car Attraction Ride" thing wont go ahead, so I'm looking forward to the renders of how well they detail the barbed wire shields wrapped around the braces preventing people climbing them, should look great...LOL
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Old June 9th, 2016, 09:58 AM   #116
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What are the chances of this thing actually being constructed?
Little to zero.

It's a conceptual design not meant to be an actual proposal. I suppose the owners of the site could adopt it? But there would likely be zoning and legal hurdles because it would plant itself east of LSD which the lakefront advocates would likely fight (especially if there are any commercial elements as what the renders show). It would be a fight akin to what we are seeing with the Lucas Museum. I doubt the developers would think its worth it.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 03:32 PM   #117
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All this negativity. Where is the original Mayor Daley when he's needed? If he were here, construction would begin tomorrow.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 03:43 PM   #118
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What about the Hudson Spire, in New York?
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Old June 9th, 2016, 03:57 PM   #119
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Old June 9th, 2016, 04:34 PM   #120
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I think in the long (or medium) run, Queens or Brooklyn would be perfect places for the Chicago Spire.
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