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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:01 AM   #1301
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Great News! Hopefully he stays true to his word about construction starting in several weeks!
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:15 AM   #1302
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Yayyyyyyyyyyy
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:31 AM   #1303
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woooow beautiful, cant wait to see it , btw , so its should has the highest roof, whene its done, right?
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:35 AM   #1304
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For residential tower i think so..
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:36 AM   #1305
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nahh, Burj Dubai's roof still a few meters higher.

Tallest All-residential tower in the world though.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:44 AM   #1306
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This Chicago Spire is more aesthetically pleasing than the BD, and is more massive to the top of the pinnacle than anything remotely close to the Spire's height.

Congratulations to Chicago and the United States for taking skyscraper evolution to the next step.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:48 AM   #1307
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This Chicago Spire is more aesthetically pleasing than the BD, and is more massive to the top of the pinnacle than anything remotely close to the Spire's height.

Congratulations to Chicago and the United States for taking skyscraper evolution to the next step.
And spain since isnt the architect spanish?
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:53 AM   #1308
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I've just got, home (its 23:53 in Budapest) so I've just recived the great news!

CONGRATULATIONS CHICAGO FROM BUDAPEST, HUNGARY!!!

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Old May 10th, 2007, 01:06 AM   #1309
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And spain since isnt the architect spanish?
...and for Santiago Calatrava love for the color white and the ocean.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 01:44 AM   #1310
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w00t ? this by 2010???? just in 2 and a half years ??? wow this will even rise faster than burj is doing now
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Old May 10th, 2007, 01:48 AM   #1311
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Go Chicago!!! Congratulations!
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Old May 10th, 2007, 03:07 AM   #1312
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The Chicago Spire Receives Final Approval from The Chicago City Council

Construction on Calatrava’s Architectural Icon to Begin within the Month

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shelbourne Development Group, Inc. announced that The Chicago Spire, an iconic building designed by internationally renowned architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, received final approval today from the 50-member Chicago City Council. This action follows unanimous approval from both the City Council Planning Commission and the Zoning Committee in April. The Chicago Spire is scheduled for completion in late 2010 with construction expected to begin this month.

“The city of Chicago has enthusiastically embraced Mr. Calatrava’s vision, and we are both thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to add another architectural icon to the city’s skyline,” said Garrett Kelleher, executive chairman of Shelbourne Development Ltd. & the Shelbourne Development Group, Inc. “The Chicago Spire will be the world’s most celebrated address, and we look forward to beginning construction in a matter of weeks.”

The Chicago Spire, designed by a development team with experience in constructing some of the most prominent properties in the world, will provide a lifestyle unsurpassed by any other distinguished residence in the United States or abroad. Located at 400 North Lake Shore Drive, where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan, the 2,000-foot tall elegantly twisting tower will house 1,200 unique residences with the finest amenities available anywhere in the world.

The Chicago Spire extends Santiago Calatrava’s artistic vision to create a modern and technologically advanced residential experience. Among its many extraordinary features, The Chicago Spire will include a spectacular four-story transparent glass lobby, unparalleled views from all residences, a six-story underground resident parking garage for 1,350 cars, and a one-acre landscaped public plaza.

The building will feature several innovations in engineering, including the world’s longest elevator run, a steel perimeter and concrete core. Also, The Chicago Spire will be engineered to meet the gold standard of LEED certification, which dictates among other things that rainwater be recycled for landscaping treatments, river water be used for cooling and special glass be included to protect migratory birds. Shelbourne is currently receiving bids for the caissons, which are part of The Chicago Spire’s support structure.

The Chicago sales center will be located in the NBC Tower, which overlooks The Chicago Spire site. The sales effort will be led by United Kingdom-based Savills, Plc. and will launch in early fall 2007 with a global marketing campaign. Savills is a leading international property advisor with experience marketing some of the finest residences around the globe, including One Hyde Park in London, and the Four Seasons Ocean Residence, a private ship.

For more information about The Chicago Spire and Shelbourne Development Group, Inc., see http://www.shelbournedevelopment.com/ and http://www.thechicagospire.com.

About Shelbourne Development

Shelbourne Development, headquartered in Dublin, is one of Ireland's leading property development companies, widely regarded as one of the country’s most professional and progressive developers. In the past three years, Shelbourne’s experienced team, known for its track record in evaluating and capitalizing on cycles in property markets, has completed in excess of 1.5 million square feet of construction in Ireland. It currently has a development pipeline in Dublin in excess of $2 billion US. Shelbourne is currently pursuing developments and projects in Ireland, UK, France and Chicago. Garrett Kelleher, executive chairman of Shelbourne Development Ltd & the Shelbourne Development Group, Inc. holds significant investment properties in Europe.

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/...91&newsLang=en
WOW OMG i cant believe it.. Im so happy.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 04:17 AM   #1313
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will the tower have an observation deck? hope so..
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Old May 10th, 2007, 04:30 AM   #1314
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will the tower have an observation deck? hope so..
NO OBSERVATION DECK

It has been said over and over again on this thread. If you want to see the view, buy a unit. There are many reasons for there not being one, and I support their decision to not have one.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 05:20 AM   #1315
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[b][SIZE="7"]NO OBSERVATION DECK[/ b]

It has been said over and over again on this thread. If you want to see the view, buy a unit. There are many reasons for there not being one, and I support their decision to not have one.

Cut the man a little slack. He has not been around long enough to yell at yet. Plus he is probably not a frequent poster in the USA forums.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 05:31 AM   #1316
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Cut the man a little slack. He has not been around long enough to yell at yet. Plus he is probably not a frequent poster in the USA forums.
I just wanted to make it clear and stand out (hence the bold and huge) so the question doesn't keep popping up on every page.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 05:33 AM   #1317
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I like to see the real thing, at least in photos before I can pass judgement. I'm not overly excited about the design. Someone said more aesthetically pleasing than BD? I'd love to see a forumwide poll on that one. Lookswise it doesn't touch BD at all. Not including antenna, the so-called 808m version of BD goes to 740m.

I'm sure it is going to look much better in real life than in the cheap renderings they show it. I like the height though. That part is good.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 05:34 AM   #1318
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KICK ASS

I am ELATED!!!!

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Old May 10th, 2007, 05:58 AM   #1319
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horray. Soon chicago will have the worlds largest *****. Good for them.



No seriously, i think this project is awsome and i cant wait to see construction start.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 07:01 AM   #1320
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I _will_ actually hold my breath on this one. I will shit myself when they sink the first caisson.
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