Did you know theis the is the designed by a woman: Architect Jeanne Gang? It was finished by 2009 and it is 250m tall.
Skyline picture -Aqua Tower on the right, Lake Point Tower on the left
So what does this curious exterior contain? Out of the 82-stories…
– 215 hotels rooms (floors 1-18)
– 476 rental residential units (floors 19-52)
– 263 condominium units & (floors 53-80)
– 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) of retail and office space
– 6 levels of underground parking.
– 8-story base (140,000 , 13,000m2) with a a 82,550 sq ft (7,669 m2) terrace with gardens, gazebos, pools, , a walking/running track and fire pit.
The design process for the façade and its construction consists of a curtain wall system. The column grid integrates the terraces with the pools (space just for windows) resulting in an outstanding architectural composition that simulates water waves. Visual perception of this optical effect on the façade is more evident if we look at the building at its street level or mid-range.
Besides the compositional aspect of the façade, Studio Gang wanted to create outstanding outdoor private spaces from which to live and enjoy the city. The diagram above shows the relationship between the gaps and the views from each point.
Hard to choose which apartment enjoys the best panorama of Chicago, right?
But this sinuous shape is not just a mere formal gesture, it is also a strategy to extend the views and maximize solar shading. While these terraces create interesting spaces, they work as well as a brise-soleil system that provides shade into some parts of the building.
Harbor Park- East Views
Loved the East views? Wait to see the others…
Chicago’s Skyline is amazing no matter the orientation!
North East Views
North West Views
South Views- Aon Tower and Millenium Park
Rooftop and Lake Michigan
Classic Interiors – Reflected at the plans, we see a rational structure, true to the Mies legacy in the city.
Some architects claim that is not so much about living in an amazing building but about having an amazing building in front of yours. Like this, the views are spectacularly rewarding.
But what about being an outstanding building and having 360º amazing views?
Aqua Tower has both.