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Old January 15th, 2007, 06:39 AM   #1
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155 North Wacker - 638'/48 fl (Com)

Height: 638 ft
Floor count: 48
Location: North Wacker and West Randolph
Construction end: 2008
Architect: Goettsch Partners, Inc.
Developer: John Buck Company


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Old January 15th, 2007, 06:41 AM   #2
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BUILD IT!
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Old January 15th, 2007, 08:44 AM   #3
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it's to much of a box building to me
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Old January 15th, 2007, 11:14 AM   #4
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I am not at all impressed with this tower. It's boaring and conservative. I wish that developers will start to think outside of the 50-story box. Especially developers who have access to lots of capital. As I said in other threads, I believe that developers should start building like 30 floors of apartments or condos above their office developments. Not only will this add significant height to a tower to make it more prominent, but it will help to create that 24-hourdowntown that the mayor would like. If i'm an office worker, and I'm pulling an all-nighter, it would be easier to just go upstairs to the crash pad or something.

But that's just me. I guess that I am difficult to please
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Old January 15th, 2007, 03:55 PM   #5
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that's the same way i feel BVictor1
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Old January 15th, 2007, 05:58 PM   #6
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I'm guessing that developers would love to build over 50 stories (for ego), but it seems that 50 is the sweet spot in terms of costs/sq ft of rentable space. Profit will usually win over ego, especially when the bankers get invited to fund things.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #7
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I am not at all impressed with this tower. It's boaring and conservative. I wish that developers will start to think outside of the 50-story box. Especially developers who have access to lots of capital. As I said in other threads, I believe that developers should start building like 30 floors of apartments or condos above their office developments. Not only will this add significant height to a tower to make it more prominent, but it will help to create that 24-hourdowntown that the mayor would like. If i'm an office worker, and I'm pulling an all-nighter, it would be easier to just go upstairs to the crash pad or something.

But that's just me. I guess that I am difficult to please
I agree 100%. Its a nice design overall but we already have enough similar shaped and porportioned buildings. It looks cookie cutter in design. Where's the imagination? Curves, colors, setbacks, tapering, geometric styling, spires, texture.... I would just prefer a little more creativity.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #8
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Who cares. It's not ugly and that's all that matters. I say build this shit - Wacker has some nasty gaps to fill in.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 07:38 PM   #9
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Great architecture doth not necessarily a great financial district maketh.

It's not always about the design, it's about keeping the clients happy.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 08:58 PM   #10
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beautiful tower, i love its design
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Old January 16th, 2007, 12:25 AM   #11
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who's the architect?
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Old January 16th, 2007, 05:33 AM   #12
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whats at 155 north wacker right now?

i think its looks great!

i do want to see some non glassy towers go up,
im afraid i will get cut by the glass and bleed to death

is everywhere turning into dallas?
what is the next new material that we can turn to?
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Old January 16th, 2007, 06:08 AM   #13
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Buck doesn't stop
Developer seeks OK for third tower on Wacker

December 15, 2006
BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN Staff Reporters
Developer John Buck, the leading force in the transformation of Wacker Drive into the city's hottest office destination, is at it again.

Buck has requested city approval to build a 50-story building at 155 N. Wacker, the northeast corner of Wacker and Randolph.

It would be Buck's third new development on Wacker and follow design and financial formulas he used in earlier efforts at 1 N. and 111 S. Wacker.

Both were built to the specifications of legal, accounting or financial services firms that typically want the prestige of new, technologically updated office space. They sign as anchors, and Buck leases out the balance of the space, selling the building after it's filled with creditworthy tenants.

The zoning application contains plans for a 1.1-million-square-foot building with 177 parking spaces. It would replace a 10-story building at 155 N. Wacker and a low-rise at 312 W. Randolph. Its height is listed as 644 feet.

The development site would go right up to one of the quirkier buildings still in the Loop, the tiny Showmen's League of America home at 300 W. Randolph, decorated with sculptures of elephants. Buck is known to covet the site.

The new building will be the work of Goettsch Partners Inc., the architectural firm that produced the other Wacker buildings for Buck.

Asked if the Showmen's League site is part of the plan, Steven Nilles, partner at the Goettsch firm, said, "Not yet." He said the final design is still under review.

Buck executives could not be reached. Asked about a construction timetable, Nilles would say only, "We have been given a directive to proceed" with the work.

A building started next year could be completed in 2009.

Sources have said the law firm Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom, currently at 333 W. Wacker, has agreed to lease about 175,000 square feet in the building. Buck has been seeking other sizable tenants.

The 111 S. Wacker was notable for receiving a "gold" rating for its environmental attributes under the LEED program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. It was the first building not designed for a single tenant that earned the rating, and Nilles said he'll try again for the designation at 155 N. Wacker.

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Old January 16th, 2007, 06:11 AM   #14
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whats at 155 north wacker right now?
This, I think:
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Old January 16th, 2007, 09:35 AM   #15
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it could be alot worse
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Old January 17th, 2007, 02:54 AM   #16
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absolutely
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Old January 17th, 2007, 02:59 AM   #17
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This, I think:
I think it's actually an empty lot right now, no?
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Old January 17th, 2007, 04:01 AM   #18
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Nope. This building still stands, there are lights in many of the offices, and a Potbelly's anchors the corner. It'll be interesting to see this big boy come down.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 07:49 AM   #19
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^
why?
doesnt seem like a throwaway building,
but seems to be in the same class as the ymca building in newyork that was just sacrificed. previously tall building now much smaller compared to its neighbors, and much nicer have been thoughtlessly destroyed, like the one that was on the north east corner of block 37, or the dr. schol's (spelling?)
building on the near north side that was razed for a ho hum glass building

i take no pleasure in the taking of a building before its time.

glass building architecture is becoming the new oppression,
makes me wonder why architecture of tall buildings sways so much in one direction all the time?

i like the building, but there has to be a point where
a new style emerges and new material.
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Here's a better picture of the current building

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