Looking Up Aqua’s Skirt
Jan28

Looking Up Aqua’s Skirt

For the last few years, Aqua (430 East Waterside Drive), the Studio Gang skyscraper that anchors the west end of Lakeshore East, has generated more local and international buzz than pretty much any other new Chicago building.  But most people only admire it from afar. Even those tourists and architectural photographers who make us feel up-close to Aqua while trying to make sense, patterns, and art out of its rows of wavy balconies...

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300 North LaSalle Gets Environmental Status

Good news for Hines, and the environment.  Hines sent over a press release today touting the new LEED status for its skyscraper at 300 North LaSalle.  The tower, which opened in 2009, has been awarded LEED Core and Shell Gold status. Full release follows: HINES’ 300 N. LASALLE’S DOUBLE DESIGNATION – LEED GOLD AND DESIGNED TO EARN THE ENERGY STAR (CHICAGO) – The Chicago office of Hines, the international real...

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330 North Wabash Renovation Complete
Apr29

330 North Wabash Renovation Complete

Got a press release today stating that the major renovations at 330 North Wabash are now complete.  You may remember 330 as the old IBM Building or One IBM Plaza, Mies Van Der Rohe’s massive black slab along the Chicago river that used to loom so menacingly over the Sun-Times building before it was neutered by Donald Trump. There have been complaints on the internet from people who think the treatment of the lobby has been...

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Follow-up: Roosevelt University’s New Skyscraper
Apr08

Follow-up: Roosevelt University’s New Skyscraper

Over the last three weeks or so, several readers have asked if the new Roosevelt University skyscraper (421 South Wabash Street)we wrote about is going to be LEED certified. Today I heard back from a PR person at Roosevelt, and yes the building is going for LEED certification.  I don’t know what level yet; she’s supposed to get back to me with specifics. You can read more about the new building here: More Details About the...

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When the Sky Scrapes Back

For the last five months or so we’ve been staring out the window at the massive edifice that is the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago .  Over the months we’ve grown to appreciate the building that has so drastically altered the city’s skyline.  Especially, the way it plays with light at sunrise and sunset.  But today we saw the Trump Tower play a different game. What you’re seeing in this craptastic...

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