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Old August 14th, 2009, 11:19 PM   #141
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Is that exposed wall to remain a part of the lobby, or is it eventually being demolished too?
It would be a shame, it looks so cool.
Look at the photo directly above - shows the building being removed, and you can see a car through the top - this is the other side of the wall. ( my photo is take from the East looking west, his is from the Plaza looking back East ).
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Old August 29th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #142
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Old August 29th, 2009, 10:00 PM   #143
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I thought that Chicago produced innovative architecture. 95% of the office buildings constructed there in the last decade are simple glass boxes.
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Old August 29th, 2009, 10:29 PM   #144
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The 80s & 90s weren't Chicago's best years - however, the scene has picked up markedly over the last decade.

There is a whole lot more going on in this tower than is immediately apparent. The skin alone is as refined and rational as any I've seen on a US tower recently (this is the case generally with both Goettsch and with Lohan (who wasn't responsible for this tower but has worked on similar towers like UBS & 150 S Wacker)).

Also, the semi-public gangway (page back a few to see) is pretty nifty.

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Old August 29th, 2009, 11:35 PM   #145
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Forget the 80's and early 90's. The office towers from the last 10 years all all lame boxes. The only decent one, Hyatt, is not spectactular. In fact, Hyatt is very similar to Goldman in NY which is regarded as one of the least impressive of NY's recent crop of office towers when compared to Hearst, BofA, NY Times, Time Warner, etc.

There's nothing wrong with boxes, but I thought that Chicago was supposed to have innovative architecture.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 01:08 AM   #146
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Whether or not something is boxy doesn't really bear on the structural and programmatic innovations of a project - that said, the glory days for Chicago architecture were really the hundred or so years between the Great Fire and the mid '70s & the Second Chicago School, when the city was on the vanguard and almost without peer.

Still, the scene has picked up recently and there are some really exciting things being built here again after a painful lull.

That said, I would not put this project into the "exciting & innovative" category. Rather, I'd say that it is a very competent building with a highly refined & rationalized skin.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 08:05 AM   #147
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The office towers from the last 10 years all all lame boxes.
You haven't explained why they're lame or what you consider innovative (I'm guessing building with lots of curves = good).

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The only decent one, Hyatt, is not spectactular. In fact, Hyatt is very similar to Goldman in NY which is regarded as one of the least impressive of NY's recent crop of office towers when compared to Hearst, BofA, NY Times, Time Warner, etc.
Or GS is similar to Hyatt, which is similar to Tour EDF. And no they're really not the same. And who considers TWC (tower portion at least) to be impressive? BOA Tower is also questionable.

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Old August 31st, 2009, 05:54 PM   #148
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You haven't explained why they're lame or what you consider innovative (I'm guessing building with lots of curves = good).



Or GS is similar to Hyatt, which is similar to Tour EDF. And no they're really not the same. And who considers TWC (tower portion at least) to be impressive? BOA Tower is also questionable.
They're lame because they're simple glass boxes.

Re: BofA -- How is a 300+m tower with a great shape questionable?

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Old August 31st, 2009, 08:55 PM   #149
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Both cities are great. No need to turn this into a City vs City!
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Old August 31st, 2009, 08:56 PM   #150
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I agree.

Anyway, I actually think that London is the architectural leader.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 09:10 PM   #151
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Now that's a statement I can agree with. Btw, Chicago's boxes are always classy so no major complaint here.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 05:38 AM   #152
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They're lame because they're simple glass boxes.
I do not agree with that point of view one bit.

I think there is a great deal of beauty, restraint, and simplicity in the "glass box". The look is modern and sleek ... it soars!

Elegance is - and always has been - about classic simplicity. The ionic column, the obelisk, the peristyle, the corbel arch ... are things that are classic, they never go out of style. In a world filled with the tacky, the kitschy, the trendy ... it's nice to see buildings with good taste. In twenty years many of the towers listed here in SSC will look dated and ugly.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 09:52 PM   #153
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From upper Wacker

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Old September 26th, 2009, 03:36 PM   #154
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155 N Wacker - Sept 23









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Old December 16th, 2009, 03:00 AM   #155
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Old December 16th, 2009, 04:10 AM   #156
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Wow - that last pic of the lobby/gangway is so perfect that I thought it was a rendering; also because it is so bright - in person, more amber than white, & the stone veneer a cool vibrant orange.

(You get a good idea of the color of the stone in HarryC's pic a few posts above - it's a really unusual, intense color)
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Old March 8th, 2010, 08:28 PM   #157
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Wow great capture Kevin! I suggest we move it to the DN Archives?
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