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Fri 12.6.

‘Aqua Tower’ by Studio Gang Architects, Chicago

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 12.06.2009 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Ourdoor terraces, 'Aqua Tower' by Gang Architects

Ourdoor terraces, 'Aqua Tower' by Studio Gang Architects

Soon the Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects will be finished with their 823 feet high Aqua Tower, which they planned for their hometown. The building is still under construction but received already the American Architecture Award 2008 conferred by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design.

823 feet high, 'Aqua Tower' by Gang Architects

823 feet high, 'Aqua Tower' by Gang Architects

What Studio Gang Architects say about the project:

In an increasingly dense city like Chicago, views from a new tower must be negotiated between existing buildings. Aqua tower considers criteria such as views, solar shading and function to derive a vertical system of contours that gives the structure its sculptural form. Its vertical topography is defined by its outdoor terraces that gradually change in plan over the length of the tower. These terraces offer a strong connection to the outdoors and allow inhabitants to occupy the building façade and city simultaneously. The result is a highly sculptural building when viewed obliquely that transforms into a slender rectangle from further away. Its powerful form suggests the limestone outcroppings and geologic forces that shaped the great lakes region.

'Aqua Tower' by Gang Architects

'Aqua Tower' by Gang Architects, Photo: David Seide, Rendering: Image Fiction

Architect: Studio Gang Architects

Architect of Record: Loewenberg & Associates

Owner: Magellan Development

Program: Hotel and Residential High-rise with retail and commercial spaces

Size: 1.9 m SF including parking, 823 feet high

Completion: Summer 2009, currently under construction

to the Studio Gang Architects website