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Old December 9th, 2006, 05:01 AM   #101
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Actually, because of the way the tower sits all the way to the east of its podium - it's really only visible from a very small portion of State. It's kinda sad really
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Old December 9th, 2006, 08:17 AM   #102
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Actually, I think that was done out of deference and respect to the Chicago Theatre - the cornice heights are the same. I wouldn't want to outstage a landmark like that. Plus, it allows for a bit of open space/park for its residents. It's a win/win - but I don't like the cutout in the upper portion. It just shows the fricking garage.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 07:32 PM   #103
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Well, I understand the reasoning behind the setback, but, I'm not convinced that it needed to be as severe as it is. Ten or twenty feet would have worked just as well if it was really all about the preserving views of the Theater and Fields. As far as the actual rooftop goes, I thought it was still undecided as to whether that space would be accessible to residents (I could certainly have missed something on this one)?

Lastly... the hole is what makes the tower what it is. This building wouldnt' be nearly as cool without the void! The whole reason for creating the void was that it would have been impossible to sell residential units that sat fifteen feet away from the facade of the garage, so, they basically just stilted the tower up high enough to get over the obstruction before starting the residential portion of the building.
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Old December 11th, 2006, 03:49 AM   #104
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Yeah, but the hole makes for a somewhat-diminished streetscape. What's to the sides of the hole? Just elevator shafts and pipe chases?
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Old December 11th, 2006, 06:15 AM   #105
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How does the hole diminish the streetscape??? It's five stories in the air and fifty feet from the streetwall. The hole will have no effect, whatsoever, on the fabric at street-level... that I assure you.
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Old December 11th, 2006, 06:26 AM   #106
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From today.

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Old December 14th, 2006, 03:36 AM   #107
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I didn't see this anywhere else, but apparently there were some problems with the pour at the MoMo site this evening.

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At least seven people were injured this afternoon when they were hit by liquid concrete and pieces of a wooden form it was being poured into at a building under construction in the Loop, the Chicago Fire Department said.

The liquid concrete was being poured into a form on an upper floor of a building under construction at 2 E. Randolph St., according to the fire department.

The form gave way and pieces of it fell, along with some of the concrete mixture. Some people below were coated with the material and seven victims suffered minor injuries.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 04:35 AM   #108
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yeh i heard about that on the radio earlyer, i figured it was momo
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Old December 14th, 2006, 06:13 PM   #109
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woah, i had no idea this thing had sprung up so quickly. what's the topping out target date?
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Old December 20th, 2006, 02:05 AM   #110
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Taken today, MoMo peaks out between Smurfit-Stone and 2Pru:

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Old December 24th, 2006, 12:39 AM   #111
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dropdeaded: I would expect MoMo (weather permitting) to be topped out sometime in January. By my last count there were only six or seven floors remaining.
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Old December 30th, 2006, 07:29 PM   #112
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Old December 30th, 2006, 10:58 PM   #113
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Geoff, these are for you! Enjoy!







I like that you can see the people walking down the sidewalk on State St.









You can see the holiday tree at Daley Plaza in the background


This is going to be one sharp building when it is completed.
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Old December 31st, 2006, 12:08 AM   #114
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I like the void.
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Old December 31st, 2006, 09:16 PM   #115
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Thanks Dev!!! I wish I was still moving to MoMo

Gotta say I'm not a huge fan of the facade so far though.
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I really like this building but my only gripe with it is that they could have been more creative with the top. This building is wonderfully creative and then just ends with a box top.
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Old January 1st, 2007, 05:36 AM   #117
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As well it should. Would you have rathered a gabled roof? Perhaps something round to go along with all that other round geometry on the tower? I think the way the building climaxes is actually perfect. If it looks anything like the renderings, it will be one of the nicer jobs of handling mechanical and elevator space in the City.
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I don't know about a gabled roof but something other than an uncreative box top. I do not follow your logic that since everything in the lower portion of the building takes the form of a right angle, there cannot be a different geometric shape at the top. 123 N. Wacker Drive, 225 West Wacker Drive, and 900 N. Michigan Ave. are great examples of a building that does just that. There are limitless possibilities of what could be done to make the top more interesting. Heck, if you wanted to stay with the vegetation theme, line the top with pine trees. The facade reminds me a little of 340 OTP. Oh well, it's still a nice building overall.
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Old January 1st, 2007, 06:41 PM   #119
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A gabled roof would be rather ironic, given the site. That's where Burnham & Root's Masonic Temple Building stood 1892-1939.


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Old January 1st, 2007, 07:45 PM   #120
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I don't know about a gabled roof but something other than an uncreative box top. I do not follow your logic that since everything in the lower portion of the building takes the form of a right angle, there cannot be a different geometric shape at the top. 123 N. Wacker Drive, 225 West Wacker Drive, and 900 N. Michigan Ave. are great examples of a building that does just that. There are limitless possibilities of what could be done to make the top more interesting. Heck, if you wanted to stay with the vegetation theme, line the top with pine trees. The facade reminds me a little of 340 OTP. Oh well, it's still a nice building overall.
Congratulations. You just named cited three horrible post-modern buildings as examples. This, my friend, is the distinction between modernism and post-modernism - doing things just for the sake of doing them. Please don't ever become an architect.
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