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Old June 24th, 2007, 12:01 PM   #141
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To be honest, I'm not a big fan of white on large expanses, or any bright color for that matter.

The bright colors reflect too much solar energy down to ground level. We painted our house a shade of yellow 1.5 years ago, and unfortunately, we chose the semi-gloss. A flat expanse of clapboard on the rear of the house creates an extremely oppressive environment beneath it. Glass also reflects solar energy, but it also displays the cool blue of the sky which psychologically lessens the effect.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 09:40 PM   #142
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Hey Chiman, hit us with some fresh pics!
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Old June 26th, 2007, 06:08 AM   #143
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OK, Helmet, since you asked...

Here's a shot I took today showing the stripe of test paint on the back of the north tower. Still looks too dark to me, but like Geoff said, it may be primer.

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Old June 26th, 2007, 06:32 AM   #144
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It actually looks pretty good to me, but I was hoping they'd leave it exposed concrete. It's got a slight contrast to the precast which I think looks nice.

Of course that's the trouble with poured concrete highrises. They crack, so you have to paint them. Sealing the concrete alone won't work well in this climate. And if you go that route, it needs to be reapplied every couple of years anyways.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 07:24 AM   #145
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Old July 12th, 2007, 07:30 PM   #146
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We're about due for a couple new pics of these towers.

Chiman...??
Retro....??
Geoff...??

...I'd do it myself but for some reason my Powerbook won't download on that site.
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Old July 13th, 2007, 04:40 AM   #147
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Not much noteworthy happening while we wait for the south tower to top-out -- 10 more floors by my count --I'm thinking by Labor Day.

Am still waiting for glass to be installed in the balcony frames and, of course the painting of the north tower should begin soon.

Meanwhile, I'm hoping for the best with the greenery on the garage walls!




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Old July 14th, 2007, 05:02 AM   #148
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By chi_man, shot with DMC-FX07 at 2007-07-13

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Old July 27th, 2007, 05:59 AM   #149
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View from the lake --


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Old July 27th, 2007, 03:22 PM   #150
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Its a shame that such a high value site got IMO infill. I was and continue to be underwelmed by these two buildings.
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Old July 27th, 2007, 04:02 PM   #151
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Based on renderings of the final project that I've seen and not photos of a project that is at best, 60% completed right now, I respectfully disagee. So far, I'd have to say it's coming together pretty well in my humble opinion.

As far as the overall concept, I happen to like this type of minimalist modernism myself. That's why I also love Contemporaine and Skybridge.

Now if you want to talk infill, let's talk about 840 LSD, a project that sits in the shadow of Mies's 860-880 LSD.

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Old July 28th, 2007, 05:16 AM   #152
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Its a shame that such a high value site got IMO infill. I was and continue to be underwelmed by these two buildings.
What is "IMO"?
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Old July 28th, 2007, 05:42 AM   #153
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IMO = 'in my opinion' ......
of course 'IMMO' would mean 'in my misguided opinion', which in this case would be more appropriate.
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Old July 28th, 2007, 08:31 PM   #154
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IMO = 'in my opinion' ......
of course 'IMMO' would mean 'in my misguided opinion', which in this case would be more appropriate.
Thanks for the enlightment. Although I like the buildings, I think it would have been better if the South Building was not as massive (less wide). I also think that the developer missed an opportunity to take advantage of lake views for the West corner apartments of the South Building by moving it a just little farther west. Some of those western upper floor apartments would have seen the Lake better (and the Oak Street Beach area) by looking past the Hotel W. Also, the developer should have incorporated the neighboring Dunham Building. This building is now empty and abandoned. Question: Is the Dunham Building falling apart? I noticed that there is some kind of protective (chicken wire) covering on the southwest corner of the building.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #155
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I assume that part of the reason that neither tower is set back to the western edge of the parking structure base is so that there will always be some separation from whatever might be built on the lot to the west. Aside from the Dunham building (don’t know what’s in store for that), I believe the rest of the property to the west is owned by Northwestern Memorial. There is a small MRI facility there now, but who knows what they might do in the future.

And who knows what’s in store for the W-Hotel – I can’t imagine that there would be an outcry if it was replaced.

At least the views to the east should be assured unless someone buys air rights over Lake Shore Drive!
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Old August 10th, 2007, 02:36 AM   #156
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Didn't know where to post this, but 600LSD is just up the block from 860-880 so I figured it was geographically sound....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Ujve7PuWk

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Old August 10th, 2007, 06:00 AM   #157
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Great find Helmut
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Old August 18th, 2007, 11:17 PM   #158
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Old August 19th, 2007, 07:41 PM   #159
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Old August 29th, 2007, 03:41 PM   #160
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I was wondering if someone could please take a couple pics of the entry canopy on the lake side? I'd heard something had been put up.
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