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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #41
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In the renders looking very small
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Old February 20th, 2013, 01:48 PM   #42
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In the renders looking very small
Read one page before, that's for the old 40 storey proposal...
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 02:30 AM   #43
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The West Loop’s Mothballed BP Tower May Still Rise Under a Different Name



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Christmas came late to Chicago’s skyscraper enthusiasts when last week a plan was announced to erect a 75-story office tower at 601 West Madison Street. For the first time in a long time, their Christmas stockings would be stuffed with a truly interesting design, at a highly-visible downtown location, backed by a developer flush with cash from recent building sales.



We saw the drawing in Crain’s Chicago Business, too, and thought, “Boy that looks really good. And familiar.” It was as if we’d seen that design before. Because we had. Just the day before. In the offices of architecture firm smdp. We were in smdp’s studio in the NBC Tower (454 North Columbus Drive) gathering research and interviews for an upcoming profile of the firm (similar to the ones we’ve done on Goettsch Partners, SCB, and bKL). Among the models on display in the office is 601 West Monroe.

smdp’s monograph describes the building this way:

"The design for a proposed development in Chicago’s rapidly evolving west Loop office corridor consists of a 38 story, 928,000 sf office building with an underground parking structure. The building’s unique form derives from the need to transition from large trading floors at the base of the building to more conventional sized office floors towards the top. The strength of the sloped wall is reinforced by ‘folding’ the public park space to the south of the site up the south fašade to form a series of ‘sky gardens.’ Designs to be a signature form marking the west entry to the Loop, the building also strives to obtain a Platinum LEED rating, the highest level of certification sought for a commercial project in Chicago."

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But what was that about a “trading floor?”

“Before BP moved into the CME Center they were looking for space, so this is the south of Presidential Towers site,” smdp principal Scott Sarver told us. “So we gave them big trading floors, gave them a big data center for their computers, and then conventional offices [above].” That’s right — this was originally designed to be the Chicago headquarters of energy giant BP. You can even see in the rendering a BP sun logo near the apex of the building. However, BP eventually decided to move into the CME Center (20 South Wacker Drive) instead of going with its own tower, which is how this great design ended up mothballed.



Now our friends at Fifield are at the helm of this project, and according to Crain’s, eager to get this party started. Crain’s throws water on the party, though. Its math shows that there is way more office space available in downtown Chicago than there is demand. But Fifield disagrees, believing that there are marquee tenants looking for marquee buildings.

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Old February 22nd, 2013, 02:34 AM   #44
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Is that the old render, or just a larger, similar version?
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 02:43 AM   #45
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Is that the old render, or just a larger, similar version?
those are the most recent renders for a tower planned at this property. The developer has now decided to increase the size and height dramatically as the market for office space improves. To attain the full 75 story size, the tower will need to be redesigned.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 02:52 AM   #46
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Given the floor-count, it just might be a long-waited new supertall for the City of Broad Shoulders.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 03:18 AM   #47
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those are the most recent renders for a tower planned at this property. The developer has now decided to increase the size and height dramatically as the market for office space improves. To attain the full 75 story size, the tower will need to be redesigned.
Alright, thanks Desertpunk. I'm relieved, I really don't like this design, especially for a Chicago supertall.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 01:28 PM   #48
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This old design looks like the Leadenhall building in London, which is a great design IMO.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 06:46 PM   #49
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This old design looks like the Leadenhall building in London, which is a great design IMO.
they could retain those features or scrap the design altogether. I think they're going with the same architect either way.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 08:43 PM   #50
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those are the most recent renders for a tower planned at this property. The developer has now decided to increase the size and height dramatically as the market for office space improves. To attain the full 75 story size, the tower will need to be redesigned.
imagine this design with 75 floors. i think that would look great!
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Old February 28th, 2013, 11:04 PM   #51
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It's The End Of The Line For Old 601 West Monroe Project




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Pity poor 601 West Monroe — Tossed on the architectural scrapheap before it could even break ground.

Last week we brought you the story of 601′s neighbor — 625 West Monroe, the potentially 75-story tower planned for the surface parking lot between Presidential Towers (555 West Madison Street) and Heritage Green Park (610 West Adams Street).

How does one get 75-stories on a quarter of a block? You don’t. The solution was for 625 West Monroe to eat 601, turning the 20-something story building into a grassy gateway to its stronger, better, and admittedly prettier, neighbor.


So why give an admittedly shorter, uglier, less great building any attention at all? Because hardly anyone’s ever seen it.

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One question answered: this will be a single tower development!

(new name imminent...)
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Old February 28th, 2013, 11:38 PM   #52
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It looks good, but there's no way that's a supertall.
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Old February 28th, 2013, 11:57 PM   #53
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I was about to say the same thing. This should not be in the supertall section.

Anyway, that tower isn't even 75 stories.
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I was about to say the same thing. This should not be in the supertall section.

Anyway, that tower isn't even 75 stories.
If you would have taken 10 seconds to scim the article, you would (hopefully) have realized that that is not the render for the development around which this thread is based.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 01:34 PM   #55
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That render is not 601 west Monroe but 625. Looks to me that this is somewhere between 100 and 150 meter tall.
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isnt that the render for the tower that will be eaten by the tower this thread is based around? meaning that render shouldn't be acknowledged as a potential design. i cant imagine a 75 story tower being only 150m. I'm confused.
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isnt that the render for the tower that will be eaten by the tower this thread is based around? meaning that render shouldn't be acknowledged as a potential design. i cant imagine a 75 story tower being only 150m. I'm confused.
Correct. Unfortunately, some people are prone to making judgements based entirely on pictures instead of text.
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Again, that render is for 625 W. Monroe, a 40 story tower that was originally paired with a shorter tower at 601 W. Monroe. The tower at 601 W. Monroe was scrapped in favor of a largely expanded version of 625 W. Monroe whose dimensions are yet to be final but could reach 75 stories. Even if it doesn't go the full 75 stories it may yet be a supertall. The site will now only have one tower whose address will likely be 601 W. Monroe.
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There is absolutely no basis for having this tower in the super tall section.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 11:49 PM   #60
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We've to wait until we've more informations.
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