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Old May 9th, 2007, 02:12 PM   #1
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375 East Wacker | ~840 ft | 76 fl | Canceled

Height: ~840 ft
Floor count: 76
Location: 375 East Wacker
Neighborhood: New Eastside
Construction end:
Architect: Arquitectonica
Developer: Magellan Development Group, Ltd.




From BVictor @ SSP:

INSIDE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
Unique opening planned for Lakeshore East mixed-use building

BY SUSAN DIESENHOUSE
Published May 9, 2007

A $400-million, 76-story mixed-use tower is being planned for Lakeshore East by Magellan Development LLC.

The striking design by Miami-based Arquitectonica features a 20-story opening through the building's midsection. The tower, which will rise at 375 E. Wacker Dr., has two intersecting components programmed to house a five-star hotel with 224 suites, as many as 671 condominiums and six stories of underground parking.

The sale of condominiums, priced from $500,000 to about $3 million, will start in August. By mid-2008, construction will get under way. The first residents are expected to move in two years later, said Jim Loewenberg, co-chief executive of Magellan.

So far at Lakeshore East, seven buildings with about 2,500 residential units have been built or are in construction. In total, the developer might put up 16 major buildings with about 5,000 units, Loewenberg said.

Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune

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Old May 9th, 2007, 04:35 PM   #2
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...i-business-utl


INSIDE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
Unique opening planned for Lakeshore East mixed-use building

BY SUSAN DIESENHOUSE
Published May 9, 2007


A $400-million, 76-story mixed-use tower is being planned for Lakeshore East by Magellan Development LLC.

The striking design by Miami-based Arquitectonica features a 20-story opening through the building's midsection. The tower, which will rise at 375 E. Wacker Dr., has two intersecting components programmed to house a five-star hotel with 224 suites, as many as 671 condominiums and six stories of underground parking.

The sale of condominiums, priced from $500,000 to about $3 million, will start in August. By mid-2008, construction will get under way. The first residents are expected to move in two years later, said Jim Loewenberg, co-chief executive of Magellan.

So far at Lakeshore East, seven buildings with about 2,500 residential units have been built or are in construction. In total, the developer might put up 16 major buildings with about 5,000 units, Loewenberg said.
Sounds A.MA.ZING!!! When oh when will we get to see this beauty???
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Old May 9th, 2007, 05:41 PM   #3
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Someone said there was a small render in the Trib. I have yet gotten a chance to go get one.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 05:57 PM   #4
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I scanned it as a .pdf, but I can't link the .pdf, so I put it on Yousendit.com. Can someone then find a way to post a shot of it?

http://download.yousendit.com/7D2368192E5F7794
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Old May 9th, 2007, 06:05 PM   #5
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Old May 9th, 2007, 06:23 PM   #6
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^ Oh my stars! That's quite a hole. Interesting and unique.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 06:24 PM   #7
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Initial reaction: definetely need a color rendering to truly judge but not super impressed, maybe the color will help, just expecting a little more from this firm. Still cool but I think they are surely capable of pushing the envolope more, definetely on the conservitive side.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 06:44 PM   #8
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disappointing. hopefully a colored rendering can change that.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 06:49 PM   #9
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Wonder if your going to be able to see the Chicago Spire through this keyhole?
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Old May 9th, 2007, 08:16 PM   #10
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Old May 9th, 2007, 09:09 PM   #11
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It is only one rendering, but I think this looks good. I like the art-deco evocation, if not reprise.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 09:16 PM   #12
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I think it looks better without a top connecting the two towers.

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Old May 9th, 2007, 09:22 PM   #13
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Ok, I have gotten over the void on MoMO not being big enough. I think this makes up for it. I'm leaning towards really liking it. Have to see more renders though.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 11:16 PM   #14
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Chicago gets another supertall?

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Old May 9th, 2007, 11:48 PM   #15
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Old May 9th, 2007, 11:56 PM   #16
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Whoa, Not a good woah either.

I'm a miami guy and Have always been the greatest supporter of arquitectonica's stuff, hometown bias, but this is definetly one of there ugliest structures to date. Usually when they put a hole in a buliding its on the lower flowers (see atlantis,marquis, etc.) and its looks ok but that hole at the top is a cheap attempt to make the thing look intresting because without it would be a bland building, and whats up with the bottom? I hope they release a better rendering soon.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:05 AM   #17
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I really don't know what to think about this tower. The hole is very intriguing yet I think the design seems a little outdated. I will reserve my full judgement until they release more detailed color renderings.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:27 AM   #18
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Until I see a larger, clearer, color rendering I won't make a final judgement call on this project. From what I see so far, I like it; it's unique, yet still "Chicago"; context is key for any building, especially highrises. Obviously they all don't have to look like one another, but it's like a puzzle, where all the pieces look like they belong.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 01:37 AM   #19
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Has the possibility of being pretty nice, but just from that B&W scan it's hard to tell.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 02:01 AM   #20
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Quote:
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Yes. It looks like it would fit in with this 1930's Holabird and Roche scheme for Lakeshore East.

Thanks, Ardecila for photo:
You're welcome. As you can see, Holabird/Roche also envisioned a gateway over Field Boulevard (the two identical buildings flanking it), although a building actually spanning the roadway would have been seen as absurd. We can thank the Asian skyscraper boom for proving the concept of hole-in-skyscraper.

I like this building a lot. It has excellent proportions in a Miesian sort of way. But as other people have said, it will all come down to the materials: the glass, the spandrels/mullions, and I've heard whisperings of REAL limestone accents in places.
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