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Old March 25th, 2010, 03:37 AM   #521
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here is a picture from today... notice the details being added around the top? the devil is in the details and there is still more to come. should be interesting to see how the penthouse level develops.

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Like Kamin said in this pic

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Shriner's hat at best. At worst is looks like this















I wonder if there is any functionality going on up there or is it just steel beams and a place to place the hat.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 04:32 AM   #522
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Don't like this so much....well, but in Chicago, it is hardly noticed.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 07:04 AM   #523
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Not exactly. New York's The Setai is also looking back to the old days, but its end result is much better looking and doesn't look cheap like the Elysian. Trying to resemble the old doesn't automatically equal elegance. You also have to do it right. I think the main problem for the Elysian is that the hat is too large compared to the render.

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Thats really amazing in a world of glottalization end modern glass skyscraper everywhere, this is just back to where architecture belongs, to the good taste! The style is just great, very good proportioned with relief variations. Like it too.

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Old March 27th, 2010, 01:49 AM   #524
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hey bnk... wanna use a smaller photo? what a waste of space and time!
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Old March 28th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #525
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No no no. BNK did it just right!
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Old March 29th, 2010, 07:12 AM   #526
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perhaps bnk is wearing the hat?
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Old April 1st, 2010, 02:49 AM   #527
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The building looks absolutely gorgeous!
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Old April 7th, 2010, 07:36 AM   #528
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Old April 24th, 2010, 06:39 PM   #529
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What's going on with the roof? No progress anymore?


Please don't tell me they won't add the details (dormers etc.) the visualisations offered
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Old June 18th, 2010, 02:20 PM   #530
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Old June 18th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #531
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wow great interior
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Old June 18th, 2010, 07:40 PM   #532
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The top of this tower very ugly..........
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Old June 18th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #533
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Not only the roof, but the whole thing is ugly. Lol. It IS another skyscraper though, so that will be a cool addition to Chicago's skyline.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #534
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The lobby is some of the best interior design I've seen in my life!
As for the tower...Poor quality materials, especially the roof
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Old June 18th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #535
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Very classy interior. Just fix the roof and it will be great!
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Old June 18th, 2010, 08:50 PM   #536
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Sweet interior pics. Thanks.
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High quality project. The interior looks amazing guys! Just stunning about so much beauty from outside and so much quality inside the Elysian.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 11:54 PM   #538
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I love the interior in the first interior shot posted: The postmodernist aesthetic of old-age stone floors walls, but with a contemporary "chandelier". It's impressive .

It's a shame the outside isn't very attractive. The building could have been completed in the same style but with better detailing.
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:44 AM   #539
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The Interior is almost the sexiest thing I've ever seen lol so beautiful.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 11:53 PM   #540
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Architect Lucien Lagrange retiring, firm files Chapter 11

July 15, 2010 (Crain’s) — Architect Lucien Lagrange is retiring as his firm files for bankruptcy protection. One of the city’s most active designers for more than two decades, Mr. Lagrange, 69, says the firm filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors Wednesday as a way to wind up its affairs and prevent him with being saddled with company debts after he stops working.

The bankruptcy petition is another reminder of how the dramatic downturn in development, particularly condominium towers, has hurt the design industry, which has suffered from layoffs. The filing is seemingly an ignominious chapter in a career that includes such high-profile projects as the Park Tower hotel/condo skyscraper, 800 N. Michigan Ave.; the 840 N. Lake Shore Drive condo building, and Elysian Hotel & Residences, 11 E. Walton St., which opened last year. “No matter one’s stylistic preferences, Lucien is a major figure, not just in Chicago, but internationally,” says architect Stanley Tigerman, a principal in Chicago-based Tigerman McCurry Architects. “Of the type that does upscale condos, can you think of a better architect?” Lucien Lagrange Architects Ltd. lists assets of more than $1 million and up to $10 million, according to the eight-page petition. Liabilities fall within the same range.

Mr. Lagrange declines to comment about the firm’s finances and says the Chapter 11 filing was merely a pragmatic business decision he made after deciding it was time to retire. “Retiring, (there would be) a lot of liabilities are on my back. I can’t just walk away,” Mr. Lagrange says. “Chapter 11 gives you a chance to plan ahead, organize and close in a decent way.” No closing date has been set for the firm, says Mr. Lagrange, one of four principals in the company, which employs four associates and other support staff.

His decision to retire comes as two of his most important projects are under construction: Ritz-Carlton Residences, a 40-story condominium tower at 664 N. Michigan Ave., and Lincoln Park 2520, a three-building complex on the site of the demolished Columbus Hospital, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave. Mr. Lagrange says he doesn’t see development rebounding for at least five years, when he might be too old to undertake another major project. “I could maybe survive the economy downturn, but what’s the point?” he says.

In addition to his new-construction projects, Mr. Lagrange is well-known for his restoration work on architectural treasures, such as Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N. Michigan Ave.; the Insurance Exchange Building, 175 W. Jackson Blvd., and 208 S. LaSalle St., where the lower floor are being converted into a J. W. Marriott hotel to open later this year.

The French-born architect came to Chicago in 1968, when he went to work as an intern for Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP. He joined Skidmore full-time in 1972 after graduating from McGill University in Montreal with a degree in architecture. Mr. Lagrange started his own firm in 1985.

A key project was the 60-story Park Tower, which was completed in 2000 and was one of the first residential high-rises built in the city in nearly a decade. “That’s the one that really put us on the map,” he says
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