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Old April 29th, 2009, 10:10 PM   #641
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nice ones Harry And spyguy. 300 NL surely fits in well into the Chicago skyline
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Old May 5th, 2009, 02:47 PM   #642
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Tight looking and shining bright! This one is an excellent addition to an already fabulous skyline.

I agree. Over the years the only legitimate criticism of the effect of the Chicago skyline was a relative lack of density. This tower along with Trump, the heightened BCBS, 340 on the Park, Aqua all in the heart of town really do fill out the density with almost unformly excellent buildings.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 09:55 PM   #643
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I agree. Over the years the only legitimate criticism of the effect of the Chicago skyline was a relative lack of density. This tower along with Trump, the heightened BCBS, 340 on the Park, Aqua all in the heart of town really do fill out the density with almost unformly excellent buildings.
+ Legacy At Millennium Park!
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Old May 6th, 2009, 09:00 PM   #644
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Very elegant very Chicago.
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Old May 9th, 2009, 04:24 AM   #645
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+ Legacy At Millennium Park!

Indeed and the beautiful Hyatt is very young as well.
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Old May 9th, 2009, 08:50 PM   #646
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Old May 9th, 2009, 10:40 PM   #647
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Old May 9th, 2009, 10:50 PM   #648
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Old May 10th, 2009, 03:57 PM   #649
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Old May 10th, 2009, 04:47 PM   #650
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Is this building by KPF? Its basic shape reminds me of the Heron Tower rising in London, and I believe that KPF designed that.
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Old May 10th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #651
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^ Pickard Chilton out of New Haven, but I see where you are coming from with KPF.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 10:25 AM   #652
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Tower comes up short on skyline but is a boon to river
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Mar. 22--Because the new 60-story office building called 300 North LaSalle is very glassy and doesn't flaunt a wild, attention-getting shape, many passersby are likely to dismiss it as just another glass box. That would be dead wrong. While this riverfront skyscraper has significant shortcomings, it does enough things well to come off as a positive addition to the cityscape.

Located on the site of the old Traffic Court parking garage, an eyesore that blighted the Chicago River's north bank, 300 North LaSalle rises to a height of 785 feet, which makes it Chicago's 12th-tallest building. It is the first Chicago tower completed by the New Haven, Conn., architectural firm of Pickard Chilton and was designed by two principals at the firm with strong Midwestern roots -- Jon Pickard, who grew up in Des Moines, and Anthony Markese, who hails from Schaumburg.

Pickard Chilton believes in modernism, with its penchant for abstract shapes, industrial materials and form following function. Yet it also is influenced by the idea of contextualism, which argues that every building should be tailored to its site.

These sometimes-clashing ideas have shaped 300 North LaSalle, which was developed by the Chicago office of Hines and will be the headquarters of the Kirkland & Ellis law firm. Kendall/Heaton Associates of Houston served as the architects of record.

The rectangle-shaped skyscraper was designed from the inside out to maximize the number of perimeter offices while minimizing wasted space. Its light green, non-reflective glass exterior provides ample natural light and panoramic views while reducing heat gain from the sun.

The glass is among the energy-saving features expected to earn the building a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The skyscraper also uses river water as part of its air-cooling system.

But 300 North LaSalle is not one of those earnest, visual bores that have spawned a backlash against the green movement. Instead, with the help of a concrete-and-steel "core-and-outrigger" structure that is comparable to a skier balancing on poles, Pickard and Markese have crafted a thin, handsomely proportioned slab that rises with self-assured dignity. The architects richly articulate the slab with projecting stainless steel fins and anodized aluminum cables that resemble a tartan weave. Evoking the Art Deco towers of the 1920s, setbacks on the building's flanks provide a sense of upward drive while a crown of stainless steel fins seeks to etch a profile against the sky.

Unfortunately, when seen from a distance, 300 North LaSalle comes off as more big than bold.

The fins on its top are far less robust than early renderings showed, and the building's setbacks are not vigorous enough to create a sculptural presence comparable to such Art Deco masterworks as the Palmolive Building at 159 E. Walton St. Nor does the skyscraper possess the structurally expressive panache of the gleaming Inland Steel Building, a postwar modernist gem at 30 W. Monroe St.

It's neither fish nor fowl, lacking the building-as-mountain massing of Art Deco and the bare-boned muscle of Chicago School modernism.

But as you approach, 300 North LaSalle becomes more alluring, particularly as its exquisite skin comes into sharp focus and the building's many urban design virtues become apparent.

The architects wisely set the tower back from the river, carving out space for a two-level, south-facing plaza that offers plenty of benches at street level and a grand stair that cascades down to the river. With a still-unoccupied restaurant pavilion projecting from the building's south side and a cantilevered porch extending outward from Kirkland's grandly scaled sixth-floor conference center, the building's base resembles a series of trays that slide out to engage the river.

This is an excellent model for future waterfront development -- a complete turnaround from the outdated modernist prototype of a tower propped arrogantly above the river.

Arcades on the north and south sides of the tower provide pedestrians with sheltered walkways as they make their way to and from the Chicago Transit Authority at the Merchandise Mart. With details such as this, Pickard and Markese expertly weave 300 North LaSalle into the cityscape.

Inside, cherry wood walls warm up the high-ceilinged lobby and cast a beguiling outward glow at night. They are enriched by a decorative, floor-to-ceiling stainless steel screen, designed by Pickard Chilton, that evokes the handcrafted ornamental metalwork of the late Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. It's a nice touch, but not up to Sullivan's standard. The public can go through the lobby to a river-level cafe with a view of the water.

Upstairs, in the offices where Kirkland & Ellis will move next month, are surprisingly sleek contemporary furnishings that strive to get away from the heavy, Chippendale look associated with law firms and instead project a non-stodgy image to prospective hires. The light-filled spaces, with their expansive riverfront views, will surely be a welcome shift from the Aon Center, Kirkland's current home, where closely spaced perimeter columns slice up vistas and cut down on natural light.

So 300 North LaSalle, while far from perfect on the skyline, shapes up as a respectable Chicago debut for Pickard Chilton and a city-friendly presence, especially along the riverfront.

If the economic bust ever lets up, the firm has a more impressive design ready for an office building called River Point at 444 W. Lake St. There, where the Chicago River's north and south branches meet, the architects propose a boldly curving tower that could provide a 21st Century update of the great, curving green-glass office building at 333 W. Wacker Drive.

All the more reason to hope that the economy revives.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 08:15 PM   #653
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Old June 11th, 2009, 06:02 AM   #654
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Old June 11th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #655
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Old June 12th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #656
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Old June 12th, 2009, 11:36 AM   #657
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The pictures are heavenly beautifull again .

@ hydrogen: Can you tell my what for buildings are under construction in the pic? (the two cranes).
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Old June 12th, 2009, 02:00 PM   #658
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@BR: Hydro's shot is Looking SE - Far left is Hotel Palomar (501 N State st), nearly center (the tracks would run into it) is 353 N Clark, (although the crane is long down), on the right, dead center behind the red brick building, is 161 W Kinzie EnV. And I just noticed TrumpTowers Spire poking up above the top of the CONDO sign.

Here is another angle (looking NE) with EnV on the left and 300 N LaSalle on the Right.
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