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Old March 3rd, 2007, 08:26 AM   #61
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3 massive building for Chicago.....Waterview, Trump and Oriental....all three over 950ft...with two passing 1000ft mark...i see Chi-Town gaining on HK, and NYC in overall skyline status and competitions.
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 09:32 AM   #62
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65 Floors !! Look great height and excellent designed.
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 08:43 PM   #63
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61 floors, 850' +/-.
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 09:49 PM   #64
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3 massive building for Chicago.....Waterview, Trump and Oriental....all three over 950ft...with two passing 1000ft mark...i see Chi-Town gaining on HK, and NYC in overall skyline status and competitions.
Many more are coming. Chicago Spire at 2000' and a rumored 1,000+ footer to be announced in the coming months. Not to mention the 11 other 700+ footers u/c,proposed, or under site prep. Also a rumored 80 floor tower next to OMP and OMPW. And Aqua 2 whenever they announce what will be built there. It is supposed to be tall too.

The height of this building might not end up being 930' though. And the floors could be wrong too. There have been a lot of numbers thrown out there so we really won't know until Bvic gets to see the plans.
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Old March 9th, 2007, 02:51 PM   #65
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I LIKE THIS CITY!!!!!!!!

IT’S A GREAT CITY。。。
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Old March 9th, 2007, 03:23 PM   #66
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its looks a lot like the ritz in TO, but still a great buidling. love teh design and height! perfect for chicago
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Old March 9th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #67
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IT’S A GREAT CITY。。。
yes it's a great city
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Old March 10th, 2007, 04:15 AM   #68
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Looks like the Four Seasons in Miami.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 02:28 AM   #69
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Appears to be under site prep now.


Pictures by I_Am_Hydrogen on SSP.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 10:03 PM   #70
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Kngkyle,
Thanks for posting the pictures. It's nice to see some progress on the site. There have been some 30" iron pipes delivered since these pictures were taken.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 11:38 PM   #71
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am I the only one who thinks modern high rise design, if not overdone like petronas and 2IFC, leaves a lot to be desired? 930 feet tall and THAT is what they wanna build?

i guess seeing it in person is necessary in order to judge.
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Old March 19th, 2007, 01:30 AM   #72
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Old April 4th, 2007, 06:01 AM   #73
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Rizzato,
You are right on the money: most buildings have a much different "feel" from the street, than from the architects' renderings and models. Usually the renderings and models depict an overall view that only God can see in reality. Everything above 30' high is generally obscured from the sidewalk, and the only way to take in the whole effect of a tall building is from very far away. From there, the subtle details are lost, and only the prominent characteristics are noticed. Take Petronas Towers, for example. Up close, the curtainwall is very intricate and ornate. Nobody ever gets to see it from up close. Our impression of these towers is the fact that they are a pair joined with a bridge, with a distinctive shape that culminates in a decorative spire.
When Mandarin Oriental Tower - Chicago is built, it will be impressive from the sidewalk. It will also be impressive from far away, but you'll never see it from the perspectives of the renderings or the models.
So, if you've got any suggested revisions, I'd be curious to know what they would be...
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Old April 7th, 2007, 06:15 AM   #74
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Old April 7th, 2007, 07:16 AM   #75
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Old April 7th, 2007, 09:09 AM   #76
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for me the tower is as good as UC
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Old April 7th, 2007, 08:23 PM   #77
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very small site.
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Old April 7th, 2007, 11:30 PM   #78
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^ small indeed. I hope construction doesn't move at the same pace as waterview with that small area to work in.
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Old April 10th, 2007, 09:17 PM   #79
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From Mario & www.newcityskyline.com

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Here is the information we got from the developer with the floor count and height of the building. They also sent us a rendering...below is the link.

http://www.newcityskyline.com/MandarinOrientalChicago.html


Mandarin Oriental takes Chicago by storm

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
By Kelly Matlock

Chicago, IL, US (NCS) - Chicago will soon say hello to the Midwest’s first Mandarin Oriental residential property, which is breaking ground within the next few weeks at North Stetson Avenue just north of Millennium Park in the city’s new Eastside zone in the loop with expected delivery in 2009.

Gerard M. Kenny, president, COO and partner of Palladian Development, LLC, the tower’s developer, said he had this kind of lavish, innovative tower in mind when he first established Palladian; Kenny’s past local credits with self-founded Kenny Construction Company include the El’s Green and Blue lines, the city’s Tunnel and Reservoir project, Midway Airport redevelopment and the rehabilitation of Soldier Field.

“Let's face it,” Kenny said. “I'm a Chicago guy, and Chicago is the City of Architecture. My partners and I share an emotional commitment, as well as an economic interest, in building the kind of grand and gracious condominium hotel this town deserves. We created Palladian for the sole purpose of building an architectural icon worthy of its location next to Millennium Park.”

An iconic building next to the park is exactly what the 74-story, 930-foot Mandarin Oriental Tower will be, offering up a 250-room Mandarin Oriental hotel with hotel guestrooms ranging from 552 to 3,600 square feet and priced from $570,000 to $7 million USD. Buyers have the option of having Mandarin Oriental rent their unit when not in use. Additionally, 250 residential condos will offer one to four bedrooms, one to four baths, from 770 to 13,000 square feet and priced from $550,000 to $21 million USD. 150 of these, called Tower Condominiums, are intended for those seeking traditional condo ownership with access to specific hotel amenities. The remaining 100 condos, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, are best for permanent hotel guests who seek complete residential floor plans with access to full Mandarin Oriental services and amenities.

The tower will offer residents and guests dining and entertainment options including the signature Mandarin Oriental restaurant as well as a slated five-star restaurant that will offer one of the finest culinary experiences in Chicago. The building’s SkyLobby will be home to a MObar Lounge along with a tea room that will serve dim sum and a selection of the finest teas from around the world, as well as Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning Cake Shop. Additional amenities include a 24-hour concierge, valet service and IT concierge, as well as The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Chicago, featuring 14 treatment rooms, experience showers, ice caves, vitality pools, amethyst steam rooms and saunas. Adjacent to the Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center will offer training equipment, fitness classes, a yoga and Pilates studio, swimming pool, grotto and hot tub.

Housed within a contemporary glass shell, the building was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz principal Martin Wolf, known for his appreciation and respect for the old design methodology of hand drawing. Despite the advent of computer technology, Wolf still prefers to draw many of his designs by hand, enabling him to produce a sequence of drawings which he can compare and contrast in order to arrive at a satisfying design. Wolf is known for his recent work on projects such as the 61-story 340 on the Park condo tower, expected to become Chicago’s first green residential high-rise, and the brand new River North campus for the Erikson Institute, which broke ground in January.

Wolf’s design of the Mandarin Oriental, which according to SCB, “combines Mandarin Oriental’s Asian heritage with a strong sense of place and presence,” was inspired by the vitality of the hotel activities at its base and the desire to invigorate the street and surroundings. The exterior consists of transparent and semi-transparent glass panels that change color at night and offer views of the ever-changing lifecycle of activity and lighting within the building. The sleek glass form is split into two volumes, with one volume articulated as a thin shard of glass facing the lake, and another volume facing west and deferring to the taller element as it peels back in a graceful arc to reveal a luminous lantern.

With interior design by Washington, D.C.-based Avery Brooks & Associates, the Mandarin tower is changing the hotel trends. According to Todd Avery-Lenahan, the firm’s president, “Guest rooms are not in the paradigm of the typical hotel room. Their overall floor plan, configuration and the way they are fitted out is more aligned to a finely planned urban environment.” Lenahan explains that the integration of high technology for business travelers, distinctively custom features for all guest rooms, multi-use expectation for both travelers and residents, and a setting that will act as “the new social stage for Chicago’s social events,” culminates in one revolutionary and innovative hotel design.

The Mandarin Oriental brand, with its trademark 11-bladed gold fan logo, received top honors in North America among luxury hotel chains in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2005 Business Travel Awards and was named the World’s Leading Luxury Spa Operator by the Robb Report in 2006. With 9,500 rooms in 20 countries now operating or under development, Mandarin Oriental has 15 hotels in Asia, 12 in the Americas and seven in Europe and North Africa. M.O. hotels will be going up in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and Hainan Island, China in 2007; Barcelona and Boston in 2008; Dallas, Las Vegas, Macau, Marrakech, Turks, Calcos and Grand Cayman in 2009; and Guangzhou, Taipei and Paris in 2010.

The first hotel of the Group, “The Mandarin” opened in Hong Kong in September, 1963, and the group began its expansion in Asia in 1974 as the “Mandarin International Hotels Limited,” and acquired a 49% interest in “The Oriental” Hotel in Bangkok, also a legendary property. The Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park in London is known for its amazing restaurant foliage, which is regarded as one of the best in London and is often frequented by celebrities including Madonna.

To find out more information about the Mandarin Oriental Tower, Chicago, visit the sales center at 160 N. Stetson, call 312-540-1515 or visit www.mandarintowerchicago.com.
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Old April 10th, 2007, 11:06 PM   #80
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Wow... it seems like the Asian-based luxury hotels are expanding rapidly into the North American market. This is good news... i'm tired of the regulars such as Fairmont, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, Four Seasons, etc.
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