Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 3 — There Goes the Sun

Sunbelt Tower drawing, courtesy of Goettsch Partners

Sunbelt Tower drawing, courtesy of Goettsch Partners

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality.

The Sunbelt Tower (460 North Columbus Drive) comes from friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners, and is featured in their monograph.  It was slated to go in the slot just north of the NBC Tower (454 North Columbus Drive).  Sadly, today it remains a surface parking lot.

The Sunbelt Tower was designed to be 42-stories tall—just a few stories taller than NBC—and have 1.2 million square feet of office space.  The northern third of the design is shifted to the east, and the southern third shifted to the west, which creates lots of corner offices, which is a big deal back in 2001 when this design was made.  Even today the “corner office count” is a big selling point for law firms, sales outfits, and other companies that still cling to last-century office aesthetics.

Location: 460 North Columbus Drive, Streeterville

Author: Editor

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