Archive for the ‘Adrian Smith’ Category

06/25/2007

Nice curves and skin
Have you seen the cladding that just went up on the ramp to Trump Chicago’s parking garage?


It may be the best part of the building. The ramp seems to flare out a bit, almost like a flower. And the green tint is nice, it has some life to it, and it’s marine-like, like much of this tower along the Chicago river. The ramp is not on the riverfront, it’s on the Wabash Avenue side.

Were the glass not green, it would look even more like Frank Gehry’s glass at IAC/InterActiveCorp Headquarters in New York.

The curves of Trump’s parking ramp complement the curves on the edges of the building. And in our straight-lined, right-angled downtown, such sensuality shocks. As does Bertrand Goldberg’s curved auditorium at Marina City, which complements the curves of that riverside structure.
-E ‘scuse me, while I kiss the sky.

Marina City photo by Ron Schramm/Edelman Gallery

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04/17/2007

In Houston they have beautiful buildings.
Oh wait, that’s Trump Chicago. The view up Wabash.
Here’s a view of Our Trump, from the River Plaza plaza

And, Trump meets a real man:

Mies’ IBM building.

Trumpy still looks like an alien invading Wrigley plaza.


-E

03/27/2007

Trump invades forlorn Wrigley Plaza!

Trump Tower Chicago oozing into the Wrigley Building plaza. Which desperately needs help anyway.

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What about covering Wrigley Plaza with a glass roof and line the sides with shops, like a chic galleria in Italia,


You’d think so, with our weather.

-Galler-E-a

03/14/2007

Trump -et blasts in the sun!

Beautiful day yesterday. 73 degrees and sunny! So I decided to stroll down the blvd to see if Trump could trumpet. I wondered also if I’d like it more after my wonderful interview with its designer, Adrian Smith. And his building did pretty well.

What music do you hear? If Trump Tower were a trumpet player who would it be? Not, my favorite
How come looking at that photo brings a smile to my face, every time?

Trump Chicago is not the quality of the great art that Louis used to blow in these parts. It doesn’t have the originality. But it did shine.

There’s the view from the Michigan Avenue bridge, which is Trump Chicago’s least successful view. But it is looking better in the sun. Of course it still has a long way to go, both upward, and to reach “great architecture.” So who on trumpet does it make you hear? Still thinking? Here’s another pic, to see how Trump relates to the great Michigan Avenue bridgehouses


That’s a little too “Houston” and the views are too distorted for my taste. You know, “our buildings reflect us” and well, I’m not that distorted, are you? The distorted reflection in a modernist glass curtain wall, of great buildings around it, reminds me of another site in Chicago

The Borg-Warner on Michigan and Adams.


Now Trump is better than that. But the Donald’s building blows its horn too loud and too tinny. Learn to play in an ensemble, man! It’s too much bling, and calls too much attention to itself, in relation to the more stately Wrigley building on the right and the fine towers up the river on Wacker Drive. Of course, attention is what the Donald craves. At least we were able to get a good building out of him.

Remember when cities wanted to be stately? Now they want to grab instant attention.
So who’s trumpet music does Trump make me hear?


Wynton Marsalis.

Not the worst, but not Louis Armstrong.

And on that site, we should have something of the quality of Louis Armstrong.

Aren’t you glad I didn’t say,

“Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world….

Oh yeah.”

-E

03/11/2007

Tall enough for you?




Burj Dubai under construction
[via]
Click on the photos to make them even more impressive.

Now you see what its architect Adrian Smith and I were talking about in our fine wide-ranging conversation.

Burj Dubai. And the beautiful thing is, apparently by building in the desert, it doesn’t block anything by Mies!

03/10/2007

Adrian’s Thrilla

A rendering of Burj Dubai, “Tower Dubai”,
designed by Adrian Smith.

Adrian is on my radio show, Hello Beautiful! this week.

In the comments, ‘spyguy’, said…

“If you’re still taking requests, when will Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill’s website launch and do they have any developers courting them for new projects in Chicago?” 1:53 PM

Here’s a sneak preview, spyguy,

They do have Chicago developers courting them, one for a project near Bertrand Goldberg’s River City, it would bring the river into the courtyards of the building and create new marinas with public access! It’d be a very “green” project with wind turbines and the like.

Another possible project in Chicago would also be a tower on the river. And they’re designing a tower near their inspired Burj Dubai tower. About 70 stories. Low for them! Burj Dubai of course will be about 160 stories.

Their website Smithgill.com will launch within weeks.

And there’s a great new book

The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future

It’s thick, comprehensive and includes his thoughts on the processes of winning commissions, designing and building. Plus his thoughts on sustainability, contextualism and much more.

And get this, in the interview he convinces me that there’s much to look forward to in his rising, rising ever rising Trump Tower Chicago! But even Adrian says he wishes the glass were slightly different, and that he had specified better glass. Trump saved about $2 million and Adrian and the rest of us have to settle for what we get.

I very much enjoyed my talk with Adrian Smith. And looking through the new book, you wonder from where comes such prodigious talent for sensitive design.

-E

03/10/2007

Adrian’s Thrilla

A rendering of Burj Dubai, “Tower Dubai”,
designed by Adrian Smith.

Adrian is on my radio show, Hello Beautiful! this week.

In the comments, ‘spyguy’, said…

“If you’re still taking requests, when will Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill’s website launch and do they have any developers courting them for new projects in Chicago?” 1:53 PM

Here’s a sneak preview, spyguy,

They do have Chicago developers courting them, one for a project near Bertrand Goldberg’s River City, it would bring the river into the courtyards of the building and create new marinas with public access! It’d be a very “green” project with wind turbines and the like.

Another possible project in Chicago would also be a tower on the river. And they’re designing a tower near their inspired Burj Dubai tower. About 70 stories. Low for them! Burj Dubai of course will be about 160 stories.

Their website Smithgill.com will launch within weeks.

And there’s a great new book

The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future

It’s thick, comprehensive and includes his thoughts on the processes of winning commissions, designing and building. Plus his thoughts on sustainability, contextualism and much more.

And get this, in the interview he convinces me that there’s much to look forward to in his rising, rising ever rising Trump Tower Chicago! But even Adrian says he wishes the glass were slightly different, and that he had specified better glass. Trump saved about $2 million and Adrian and the rest of us have to settle for what we get.

I very much enjoyed my talk with Adrian Smith. And looking through the new book, you wonder from where comes such prodigious talent for sensitive design.

-E

03/08/2007

Do buildings stand like their architects?

I think I finally figured it out. I could never understand why Trump Tower Chicago is turned the way it is. The most prominent way to see it, and the one most tourists will see, is from the Michigan Avenue bridge. And the building looks turned, twisted away.

It doesn’t look at you straight on forward, full frontal.

Very much like the way its architect Adrian Smith stands for publicity photographs

No? (smile)

I’ll ask him, during today’s interview.
-E

Update: He just laughed that nice, short, Adrian Smith laugh.

Top Photo of AS by Anna Knott/Chicago Magazine

03/08/2007

Do buildings stand like their architects?

I think I finally figured it out. I could never understand why Trump Tower Chicago is turned the way it is. The most prominent way to see it, and the one most tourists will see, is from the Michigan Avenue bridge. And the building looks turned, twisted away.

It doesn’t look at you straight on forward, full frontal.

Very much like the way its architect Adrian Smith stands for publicity photographs

No? (smile)

I’ll ask him, during today’s interview.
-E

Update: He just laughed that nice, short, Adrian Smith laugh.

Top Photo of AS by Anna Knott/Chicago Magazine

03/07/2007

“Adrian’s Pilla?”

Have a question for architect Adrian Smith? He designed Trump Chicago and the tallest building in the world, Burj Dubai. And he’s gracious enough to agree to be my guest on Hello Beautiful!
– the radio show – this week. So here’s your chance.

What would you like me to ask Adrian?
What would you like to know from him?

Put it in the comments, or email me at TheNewModernist@gmail.com
I’ll record with him this Thursday afternoon.

Lynn liked Trump Chicago yesterday, at least for a moment. He said the dusk softened it.
Like a pillow? Adrian’s Pillow? Remember those distorted reflections in the glass are called “pillowy.”

Lynn says it almost looked Labanesque. I had to see that. So I went there this eve’ around dusk. Labanesque? I don’t think so. Here’s what I did see

You like?

I leave you with a pretty picture. Walking home tonight at 2 am, I came upon my jewel box, in the freshly driven snow..

Now is that a site to come home to, or what?

I’m smiling,
– Luck E me