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311 South Wacker Drive, Chicago

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311 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, USA


HEIGHT: 293m/961 feet
FLOORS: 65 floors
COMPLETION: 1990
ARCHITECT: Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

This building, contiguous to the well known Sears Tower, was the first of a group of three towers situated around a winter garden, conceived as a pedestrian core and linked with different systems of transport concentrated in this area. The large public space is organized by means of two large squares crossed by a covered pedestrian area. The winter garden is also the lobby through which the octagonal tower is accessed.

Its bulky volume is decomposed in different elements. It culminates with a large translucent glass cylinder which is lit up at night, making the building stand out from the Chicago landscape.















 

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Originally posted by adelaideglenelg
Nice building, though it'll love odd if it's two expected twins get built.
Wonderful horizontal and vertical setbacks and an intricate pinnacle; a large cylinder surrounder by four smaller cylinders. A nice contrast to the Sears Tower.

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311 South Wacker Drive as twins:

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311's Wintergarden:

 

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Wow I like it. Nice spot right next to the Sears Tower. 8/10
 
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It contrasts well with the Sears Tower but looks good on its own too.

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interesting... dunno bout the colour, great height though and far more interesting than that black one behind it ;D

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I think this is one of the most slept-on buildings in the world. In Chicago, it kind of gets lost in the crowd. I think this is a perfect example of how to do a classy and understated concrete skyscraper. Much better than some of the crappy concrete 'scrapers that have gone up after it. I think it'd be much more appreciated upon viewing in person...

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#31 - 311 South Wacker Drive, Chicago

Yuck, this building is grotesque. The colour is awful, the crown is ugly, and the design has no coherence. Octogons mixed with rectangles, with a constantly changing façade makes this my least favourite KPF skyscraper of all. Living in the shadow of the Sears Tower makes it less prominent in the Chicago skyline at least. 3.0/10
 

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Lol, that's a bit harsh of Sears to say.

The building is not bad, good colours, and nice shape, but would not look good with duplicates.

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6/10 Nice Top, but doesnt really impress me, winter garden is nice
 
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8/10. I like it, I'm not sure why. It's sheer height is wasted next to Sears though.
 
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