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Old January 20th, 2007, 09:38 PM   #361
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I find it a bit interesting about this particular picture Kelleher submit to Blair Kamin. Symbolically, it looks as if Kelleher's giving an extended middle finger to CS haters and naysayers.
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Old January 21st, 2007, 01:28 AM   #362
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that's a sharp *****!

j/k...

The silhouette actually looks like the 1st versions with floors instead of antenna/spire. That's just me. I agree though, I dont care what version they decide on, just approve it and build the damn thing already,
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Old January 21st, 2007, 04:48 AM   #363
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WOW! Much better.
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Old January 21st, 2007, 07:09 AM   #364
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Kamin unveils latest design for Calatrava's Chicago Spire

Developer Garrett Kelleher decides to go public with rendering of Santiago Calatrava's latest design for the 2,000-foot-high Chicago Spire.

-by Lynn Becker

In this Sunday's, January 21st edition of the Chicago Tribune, architecture critic Blair Kamin has a great story that unveils Santiago Calatrava's latest design for the 2,000-foot-high Chicago Spire. The publishing of the design comes after Shelbourne Development Chairman Garrett Kelleher withheld the rendering from a presentation made last Monday, January 15th to a packed meeting of the Grant Park Advisory Council, and then appeared to be trying to deny that it existed. The very next evening, Kamin was asked by Kelleher to join himself and Calatrava for a discussion of the project's evolution.



The newest version does not restore the antenna that originally created the project's spire, whose intricately intertwined design, Keller said on Monday, "wouldn’t even work as an antenna. If you look at any antenna - on the Sears or the Hancock - the structures themselves have to be at least 40 feet apart to make sense." However, as opposed to heavily thickened version of the building unveiled in early December, where occupied structure replaced the antenna spire for the top 500 feet, Calatrava's latest design returns a substantial taper to the tower, as well as, according to Kamin, replacing a reduced 270 degree rotation from base to top with the original full 360.

On Monday, partnering architect Bruce Toman of Perkins+Will said that Calatrava had also modified the tower's twist. "Originally he had six points, Toman said of Calatrava's first design. “And he realized that the whole structure got more interesting by making seven points, an odd number. And that subtle change made the tower look even more slender."

As is depressingly usual with the Tribune, their web version of the story includes none of the images accompanying the print edition, no images at all.

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In this case, though, that's more than made up for with a top-notch Flash presentation, produced by Bonnie Trafelet, which couples Kamin's narration to a sequence of images that include a wide range of Calatrava sketches - from one with four iterations of the tower's profile, to those of the five-story lobby - drawn by Calatrava complete with Calder mobile - with its cable-supported glass walls and arching concrete columns that connect the exterior columns to the core like a succession of snap-proof wishbones. There's even a photo of the small brown snail shell that Calatrava pulled from his pocket to illustrate how, in Kamin's words, its "whirring, rhythmically complex, softly coiling shape" is “an inspiration for him to design the top of the building."

Think Washington Monument cross-bred with Frank Lloyd Mollusk.

What remains to be revealed is how much of the 3,000,000 square feet of the early December plan is carved away by the renewed taper, and how this will effect the number of apartments, which on Monday Kelleher said was oscillating between 1,350 and 1,000, as well how it will affect the final cost of the project. Kamin reports that March is the probable date for public hearings on the project.




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Old January 21st, 2007, 07:57 AM   #365
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I prefer the most recent design (design #3).

While many of you hate design #2 and love design #1, I personally think too much space was wasted on a spire in design #1.

A long tube. Big whoop. I'd rather see the space occupied.

Some say design #3 resembles an icicle. Well, Calatrava says his designs are inspired by nature, so there you go.

And now, I shall perform a dance:

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Old January 21st, 2007, 10:23 AM   #366
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Wow, Newsflash: TUP is actually happy about something.
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Old January 21st, 2007, 07:00 PM   #367
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no, TUP is just trying to make it rain. that should account for the light flurries this morning i suppose.

ps- it looks like a unicorn to me

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Old January 21st, 2007, 09:03 PM   #368
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I prefer the most recent design (design #3).

While many of you hate design #2 and love design #1, I personally think too much space was wasted on a spire in design #1.

A long tube. Big whoop. I'd rather see the space occupied.

Some say design #3 resembles an icicle. Well, Calatrava says his designs are inspired by nature, so there you go.

And now, I shall perform a dance:

I think that you mean you prefer design/Version D, because that's what the latest renderings are. This is the version presented to the community groups and at IIT 3 weeks ago. Most people didn't like Version C/the buzz cut version.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...l=chi-news-hed

CRITIQUE

New plan sees sizzle in skyline

By Blair Kamin
Tribune architecture critic
Published January 21, 2007



A skyscraper is an unlikely mix of ruthless capitalism and aesthetic idealism. The New York architect Cass Gilbert once called it "a machine that makes the land pay." Yet Louis Sullivan, Chicago's 19th Century poet of the skyscraper, sought to endow this money-grubbing pile with the same spiritual values as Europe's grandest cathedrals. The skyscraper, he said famously, should be a "proud and soaring thing."

Santiago Calatrava's latest design for the twisting, 2,000-foot Chicago Spire, which the project's developer has released in the face of controversy about his obligation to inform the public about a tower that would reshape Chicago's skyline, navigates these conflicting poles far more deftly than a disappointing version of the skyscraper unveiled in early December.

That design, which was dubbed "Twizzler Tower" for its resemblance to the red licorice, unsuccessfully grappled with Dublin-based developer Garrett Kelleher's mandate to eliminate a spirelike broadcast tower and nearly triple the building's number of units to make the 150-story condominium skyscraper economically feasible. With its buzz-cut top and lack of rotation in its upper stories, the design conspicuously lacked the whirring energy of Calatrava's original plan, introduced in 2005.

The new version restores the project's earlier spontaneity, although, as Calatrava is quick to point out, it has almost precisely the same underlying structure as the December version--a cylindrical concrete core ringed by interior columns and a scalloped perimeter that would rotate as the tower rises. What has changed, however, is the way Calatrava has handled the developer's mandate for more condominiums and no broadcast tower. He transforms it into skyline sizzle.

Again making a full 360-degree rotation, unlike the Twizzler's 270 degrees, his latest version would whirl into the sky with the same exuberant energy as the beloved, romantic skyscrapers of the 1920s. Yet the design wisely forgoes the nostalgia of postmodern, Chrysler Building wannabes such as Chicago's Two Prudential Plaza. It would be a single, organic piece of skyline sculpture rather than an object with a spike stuck atop it--a supersize drill bit for a city that has fallen in love with a supersize Bean.

The spiral has always expressed human aspiration, and it serves Calatrava well here, setting his design apart from Sears Tower and the sober, flat-topped, utilitarian towers of the mid-20th Century. They were built for a meat-and-potatoes Chicago. This is a different skyscraper for a different city, a city that plays as well as works, a city where the vast majority of new high-rises are places to live, not places to work. With Calatrava drawing inspiration for the tower's top from a light brown snail shell--its softly coiling shape provides a perfect model for the skyscraper's top--the possibility of an extraordinary skyline silhouette is now within reach.

There are caveats, of course, and they go beyond the questions of density, traffic congestion and the threat of terrorism that a project of this scale inevitably must face.

As Calatrava and Kelleher acknowledge, the tower remains a work in progress. Calatrava is fully aware that he needs to endow its exterior with the kind of rich, formal complexity that uplifts a much-smaller rotating skyscraper, Frank Lloyd Wright's pinwheeling Price Tower in Bartlesville, Okla., of 1956. But he shows every sign of wanting to do much more than an architectural one-liner, especially in his drawings for the tower's lobby. They reveal the possibility for thrilling structural drama, both inside the skyscraper and outside.

This project remains surrounded by questions, none more pressing than whether Kelleher will be able to come up with the funds to build it. But if he can--and if Calatrava continues to gracefully develop a design concept that is now back on track--this could be Chicago's finest supertall building since the mighty John Hancock Center.

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Old January 22nd, 2007, 12:48 AM   #369
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I absolutely love this latest sketch. This is definitely the one to build!
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 09:44 PM   #370
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Absolutely stunning. We are back in the game!
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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:17 AM   #371
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CHICAGO | Chicago Spire | 610m | 2000ft | 150 fl | Canceled

Height: 2,000 ft
Floor count: 150
Location: East North Water and South Lake Shore Drive
Construction end: 2010
Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Development firm: Shelbourne Development Ltd.


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No spire
No observation deck


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THE CHICAGO SPIRE FACT SHEET
400 NORTH LAKE SHORE DRIVE; CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
WWW.THECHICAGOSPIRE.COM


The Design:
• Designed by Santiago Calatrava with principal design team members including Perkins & Will (Architect of Record), Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineers) and Cosentini (Mechanical/Electrical Engineers)
• The Chicago Spire, rising 150 stories, is a private residential building of 1,193 homes
• At 2,000-feet (609.6m) tall, The Chicago Spire will be the world’s tallest exclusively residential building and the tallest building in the western world
• Each floor of the seven-sided building rotates on average 2.44 degrees between floor plates, giving The Chicago Spire its distinctive fluid appearance; the building turns a total of 360 degrees
• The lobby footprint is 15,220 sq. ft (1,413.98sqm)
• Base-to-height ratio approaches one to ten, making The Chicago Spire the most slender supertall building in the world
• It has 2,594,893 gross sq. ft (241,073sqm) of space from the ground level
• The exterior will be constructed of high performance glass and steel
• Spectacular 53 ft high (16.01m) transparent lobby featuring Calatrava’s breathtaking sinusoidal motioned maple ceiling
• Among its many engineering achievements, The Chicago Spire will have the world’s longest elevator run at 1,864 feet (568.14m):
- Elevators will transport all residents from the ground floor directly to their floor
- Average wait time for an elevator is 32.5 seconds (Low, Mid-Low and Mid-High Rise Groups – 35 seconds/High Rise Group – 30 seconds)
- 17 elevators (14 passenger elevators in four banks, three freight/fire elevators)
- Elevators employ the largest hoist machines available weighing 45,000 lbs (20.411 MT)
• The Chicago Spire will incorporate world-class sustainable engineering practices to meet Gold standard of LEED certification; LEED is a green building rating system providing a set of standards for environmentally-sustainable construction
- Rainwater recycled for landscaping treatments
- River water used for cooling
- Ornithologically-sensitive glass included to protect migratory birds
- Bike storage (for approx. 400 bikes)
- Planting and development of parkland
- Underground parking to reduce environmental impact and heat gain
- Intelligent Building and Energy Management System will be incorporated to provide efficient use of resource while optimizing comfort
- Waste storage and recycling management
- Outdoor air delivery will be monitored to maximize occupant comfort
- 15 percent more efficient than current energy regulations

The Residences:
• All 1,193 residences are designed by Santiago Calatrava; no two units are alike
• Extraordinary collection of suites, one-through-four bedroom homes including a Calatrava signature unit called a Gallery
- A Gallery is larger than a suite and reflects the full artistic vision of Santiago Calatrava
- Features custom-designed circular bed enclosure with sliding glass doors to provide a separate sleeping area
- Wood wall panels also cover sections of ceiling
• Unit square footage ranges from 534 sq. ft (49.61sm) to 10,293 sq. ft (956.25sm) – a duplex penthouse with 360 degree unparalleled views
• Prices will range from $750,000 USD to $40,000,000 USD
• With generous 10 ft (3.09m) ceilings and windows combining vertical and trapezoidal glass panels, residences will have breathtaking and unique views of the lakefront, skyline, city neighborhoods and four states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan)
• Residents will enter their home through a hardwood door, with door hardware designed exclusively for The Chicago Spire by Calatrava
• Materials have been chosen from a natural palette and include:
- Wide-plank herringbone hardwood floors
- Elegant granite
- Marble and onyx stone
- Crafted European cabinetry
- Integrated American and European appliances
- European plumbing fixtures

The Amenities:
• The amenities in The Chicago Spire are exclusive to residents only
• Located on floors five through seven and encompassing 45,603 total sq. ft (4,236.65sm) of space, the amenity program will establish a new standard for a distinctive lifestyle. Amenities include:
- Full concierge services
- Annular (ring-shaped) recreational and lap pool
- Cigar room and personal humidors
- Residents’ library
- Children and teen games area
- Private movie screening theater
- Business center and conference room
- Private dining rooms

The Site:
• Located on 2.2-acre site bounded by Lake Shore Drive, Ogden Slip, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, The Chicago Spire will be the focal point of Chicago’s skyline
• Approximately six-acre site plan designed by Santiago Calatrava incorporates DuSable Park; public park owned by the Chicago Park District in honor of Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the first non-Native American settler of Chicago
• One-acre landscape plaza along the river will be open to the public for residents and non-residents to enjoy

The Sales Center:
• Overlooking the building site, the sales center encompasses the entire 18th floor of the NBC Tower (455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive), with a total of 19,815 sq. ft (1,840.87sm) of space
• Expansive model space features two outfitted units – including the signature Calatrava Gallery with the distinctive circular bed enclosure
• Features original artwork by Santiago Calatrava
- Ceramic sculpture to serve as focal point of sales center entrance
- Early sketches and watercolors documenting the evolution and inspiration behind The Chicago Spire’s design
- Various sketch books
• Includes 900 sq. ft (83.61sm) of exhibition space and Calatrava Museum, which will showcase the architectural models of Calatrava-designed buildings and bridges including: The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Malmo’s Turning Torso and the Milwaukee Art Museum

The Sales Campaign:
• We are currently scheduling appointments to accommodate the exceptional interest in The Chicago Spire; contact 312.516.4800 to schedule a time to visit the sales center
• Global sales launch and first public offering to occur in Chicago on January 14, 2008 followed by events in 14 other world cities, including: Dublin, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, and New York

The Construction:
• Work commenced on-site June 26, 2007 with the first of 34 caissons
- Caissons are drilled 110-feet into bedrock
• The parking garage reaches seven levels underground with six floors (11.6 acres) of usable parking space
• Construction of the access ramps from lower Lake Shore Drive will begin Q4 2007
• It is anticipated The Chicago Spire will begin to rise from the ground Q3 2008
• Completion and occupancy expected to commence Q4 2011










DuSable Park:



Previous versions for reference:

Version A:

Version B:

Version C:

Version D:


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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:19 AM   #372
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And since the proportions are always wrong, I tried resizing the tower based on the new rendering to get an accurate height.

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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:39 AM   #373
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looking good. i like the latest version.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:42 AM   #374
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This is one of those buildings that doesn't look good in renders but it is gonna look amazing in person.
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slight -OT, but does anyone have any Chicago panorama (like the ones above) with the 3 supertalls imposed? (CS, Waterview and Trump?) The view along the river will be the ****
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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:54 AM   #376
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Fantastic job SpyGuy. This last version is a beauty. It will sure be the crown jewel of the Chicago Skyline and in my humble opinion once it is built, Chicago will have the best skyline in the world
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Old January 24th, 2007, 04:56 AM   #377
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Yes.
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He says June last I heard... and that he is ordering caissons within weeks! The soil remediation it complete and the site has been graded.
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Let's keep our fingers crossed that the detailing remains the same as this:

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