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Old June 9th, 2016, 06:03 PM   #121
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Looks better than the Spire IMO.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 06:19 PM   #122
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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.
Interesting. Chicago spire was much more fitting in...let's say...Dubai.

I like the tower and the X-bracing gives enough character, in my opinion. It's simple, but elegant. That's what a city like Chicago needs.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 06:59 PM   #123
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"That's what a city like Chicago needs"..You've got a point there!
All Chicago's spirit is in this design(Gensler is not a Mickey Mouse!)
As the American most beautiful city(about architecture)Chicago does not have the place it deserves.
Once i made a dream:Chicago was....in California!lol!..Iconic architecture in an amazing scenery!
...In other words the indisputable most beautiful city on earth!..
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Old June 9th, 2016, 07:03 PM   #124
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Liked it a lot, much better than the first one. Go Chicago!
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Old June 9th, 2016, 07:38 PM   #125
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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...
The problem with building a megatall in the US is the demand and economics of such a building. The costs and hurdles with the processes scare developers away.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 08:31 PM   #126
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Glad to finally see they're doing something about that hole in the ground.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 08:55 PM   #127
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"That's what a city like Chicago needs"..You've got a point there!
All Chicago's spirit is in this design(Gensler is not a Mickey Mouse!)
As the American most beautiful city(about architecture)Chicago does not have the place it deserves.
Once i made a dream:Chicago was....in California!lol!..Iconic architecture in an amazing scenery!
...In other words the indisputable most beautiful city on earth!..
It is a very beautiful city indeed. The scenery around Chicago is already impressive if you ask me, the lake Michigan adds a lot to the city's authenticity. Chicago is one of my most favorite US cities, along with NYC and Washington, D.C.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 09:02 PM   #128
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Wow, this design looks amazing, I hope they start building this this year
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Old June 9th, 2016, 09:41 PM   #129
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The problem with building a megatall in the US is the demand and economics of such a building. The costs and hurdles with the processes scare developers away.
It's similar in germany. The discussions, processes and permits for any building in this league would take more than a lifetime, to say it exaggerated.
We have only one city, frankfurt as a potential place for "real" skyscrapers. But even a supertall is almost impossible. There were plans for it for a long time (millennium tower) but till today nothing happened.
I think the US comparing to germany has much more changes to get some megatall finally.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 11:41 PM   #130
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I dunno...the initial impression I get from one angle is that someone's missing a crutch to walk on, from another angle is of a woman's platform shoe.

Nice try, good luck to them...but it doesn't push my buttons.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 04:09 AM   #131
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I like it. It really becomes the focal point.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 08:52 AM   #132
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Old June 10th, 2016, 02:31 PM   #133
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This tower is really amazing.. I love the urban integration and the characteristic Chicago-style of the tower.. Calatrava's was just an ego tower for the rich that doesn't have anything to do with the rest of the city's architecture.
And btw, Gensler did a great job with Shanghai Tower, so why not with this one?












The aim of the design was not just to pen a very tall tower, but to explore the untapped mixed-use possibilities of the prominent site. Gensler Principal and Chicago office Design Director Brian Vitale explains, "Our solution was to create an anti-tower, one that was not designed purely as an object to look at but rather one that is engaging at different scales to the entire city, one that would welcome newcomers as it simultaneously embraces locals."

While Mr. Calatrava’s Spire was condominium only, the mixed-use concept presented by Gensler not only opens the space up for the enjoyment of more people, it can also be far more financially lucrative. This trend is already seen in New York’s Empire State Building which today brings in more revenue from its observatory than all of its commercial tenants combined. Chicago’s AON Center, the city’s third tallest building, is also reportedly considering the addition of an observatory for this very reason.

More information here: http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/6/3/1...-gateway-tower
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Old June 10th, 2016, 09:39 PM   #134
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I think they should split the base to make it more a tripod. Right now it just feels unsettled.

Or twins...
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Old June 10th, 2016, 09:50 PM   #135
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Awesome! I hope they can pull it off this time.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 10:13 PM   #136
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Not good enough to replace the Spire for me. I hope this design doesn't get built.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 10:15 PM   #137
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This tower is really amazing.. I love the urban integration and the characteristic Chicago-style of the tower.. Calatrava's was just an ego tower for the rich that doesn't have anything to do with the rest of the city's architecture.
And btw, Gensler did a great job with Shanghai Tower, so why not with this one?












The aim of the design was not just to pen a very tall tower, but to explore the untapped mixed-use possibilities of the prominent site. Gensler Principal and Chicago office Design Director Brian Vitale explains, "Our solution was to create an anti-tower, one that was not designed purely as an object to look at but rather one that is engaging at different scales to the entire city, one that would welcome newcomers as it simultaneously embraces locals."

While Mr. Calatrava’s Spire was condominium only, the mixed-use concept presented by Gensler not only opens the space up for the enjoyment of more people, it can also be far more financially lucrative. This trend is already seen in New York’s Empire State Building which today brings in more revenue from its observatory than all of its commercial tenants combined. Chicago’s AON Center, the city’s third tallest building, is also reportedly considering the addition of an observatory for this very reason.

More information here: http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/6/3/1...-gateway-tower
Awesome! I like the view from the south the most! So excited at the prospect (even if very unlikely) of a megatall being built in the USA. Has any other American city had a megatall proposal in the last decade or so?
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Old June 10th, 2016, 10:58 PM   #138
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The more I look at it the more I like it. It would be more appealing with a unique crown though.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 11:00 PM   #139
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Calatrava's was just an ego tower for the rich that doesn't have anything to do with the rest of the city's architecture.
Bold statement @DubaiM, this is very true. Calatrava's towers (for example the Malmö Turning Torso) are more like an artpiece then good integrated architecture. They are stunning by design, but very isolated from the streets and city life.

This design is better then the Calatrava one. This design is shaped by the city around it, and does not pretend to be a solitary icon. Therefore it could only be built in Chicago! It allmost looks like the Dutch way of design, the 'form follows function and fun' way.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 11:26 PM   #140
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wow! Let's ditch the Related towers. This is an amazing design.
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