Archive for the ‘Aqua’ Category

Jeanne Gang’s Aqua tower in Chicago looking good

06/19/2008

Romantic, retro.


Seen from the river, from which Aqua takes it name. It’s by the Chicago river, and Lake Michigan. When finished, it’ll be 82 stories, topped by a green roof.


And Aqua looks to meet the earth in an urbane manner.



While it’s hard to find precedent in boxy Chicago for the Aqua tower, how about this: Bertrand Goldberg’s River City, which also flows and undulates next to the water


If you, like me, admire Jeanne Gang‘s work, read about her in the latest Metropolis. And don’t miss the slide show of what she’s done, and what’s to come. She and partner Mark Schendel are shining stars in Chicago. And Aqua is the most expensive project ever awarded to an American firm headed by a woman.

Other projects undulate, such as this early model of Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower in New York.


But Studio Gang’s is different, the way it moves side to side, and moves organically, it’s more like Chicago’s famous “Little Egypt,” who danced the danse du ventre at the 1893 World’s Fair.



It dances, doesn’t it?

At times, Aqua looks like someone left a Mies out in the rain.


Which then reminds me of Rem Koolhaas. He once photoshopped breasts onto a Miesian flat facade.


Jeanne Gang and Mark Schendel worked for Koolhaas in the Netherlands.

Now I’ve seen something

03/12/2008



If Lee Bey is not the best photographer capturing Chicago area faces and places, then who is?

Scroll all the way down his site and go through every one of his archives, if you haven’t already. “Oh, that way, Chicago lies.”

Here’s his shot of Jeanne Gang‘s Aqua,

The 80+ story residential high rise going up in Lake Shore East in Chicago.

11/30/2006

Did you know that building a skyscraper is complicated?

I saw a headline today,
“Aqua Construction Complicated, Says McHugh.”

Does this not bode well for Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower?

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And that headline came on the heels of this big, bold headline in today’s Chicago Sun-Times


Thank you! That’s good to know. Is that an exclusive?

Oh, the small print says that’s former Illinois Governor George Ryan saying that.

———————————-

Anyway, GlobeSt.com commercial real estate news had this :

“Aqua Construction Complicated, Says McHugh.”

Yes, I suppose building an 82 story building would be complicated, especially one that is trying to do something different than the standard big box.

GlobeSt. quotes McHugh Construction Company senior vice president Dave Alexander as saying,

The perimeter of the building is different on every single floor. The framing of each floor will be difficult, as the balconies will be cantilevered off of the column line, and cannot hold support for upper floors.

The story then says that McHugh will use a high-flying form system that attaches to the column and core wall to complete each floor and that the tower is expected to be completed by 2009.

But before then will we wave bye-bye to Jeanne Gang and Studio/Gang/Architects design for a wavy exterior?

My favorite part of this story is that McHugh is the company that built

Wilco Towers, I mean Marina City.

I bet that was complicated too, don’t you think? And hey, Marina City on the river kind of undulates, doesn’t it? More on that, right here.

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It can be done! From the homepage of James McHugh Construction Co:

I Am McHugh
Building Chicago

Since its founding in 1897, Chicago-based James McHugh Construction Co. has earned its reputation as a builder of landmark, one-of-a-kind structures. This success is attributed to the company’s long-standing commitment to creative construction solutions, innovation and a devotion to its staff.

11/30/2006

Did you know that building a skyscraper is complicated?

I saw a headline today,
“Aqua Construction Complicated, Says McHugh.”

Does this not bode well for Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower?

———————————-
And that headline came on the heels of this big, bold headline in today’s Chicago Sun-Times


Thank you! That’s good to know. Is that an exclusive?

Oh, the small print says that’s former Illinois Governor George Ryan saying that.

———————————-

Anyway, GlobeSt.com commercial real estate news had this :

“Aqua Construction Complicated, Says McHugh.”

Yes, I suppose building an 82 story building would be complicated, especially one that is trying to do something different than the standard big box.

GlobeSt. quotes McHugh Construction Company senior vice president Dave Alexander as saying,

The perimeter of the building is different on every single floor. The framing of each floor will be difficult, as the balconies will be cantilevered off of the column line, and cannot hold support for upper floors.

The story then says that McHugh will use a high-flying form system that attaches to the column and core wall to complete each floor and that the tower is expected to be completed by 2009.

But before then will we wave bye-bye to Jeanne Gang and Studio/Gang/Architects design for a wavy exterior?

My favorite part of this story is that McHugh is the company that built

Wilco Towers, I mean Marina City.

I bet that was complicated too, don’t you think? And hey, Marina City on the river kind of undulates, doesn’t it? More on that, right here.

-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+–+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+–+-+-+-+–+-+-

It can be done! From the homepage of James McHugh Construction Co:

I Am McHugh
Building Chicago

Since its founding in 1897, Chicago-based James McHugh Construction Co. has earned its reputation as a builder of landmark, one-of-a-kind structures. This success is attributed to the company’s long-standing commitment to creative construction solutions, innovation and a devotion to its staff.

11/30/2006

Did you know that building a skyscraper is complicated?

I saw a headline today,
“Aqua Construction Complicated, Says McHugh.”

Does this not bode well for Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower?

———————————-
And that headline came on the heels of this big, bold headline in today’s Chicago Sun-Times


Thank you! That’s good to know. Is that an exclusive?

Oh, the small print says that’s former Illinois Governor George Ryan saying that.

———————————-

Anyway, GlobeSt.com commercial real estate news had this :

“Aqua Construction Complicated, Says McHugh.”

Yes, I suppose building an 82 story building would be complicated, especially one that is trying to do something different than the standard big box.

GlobeSt. quotes McHugh Construction Company senior vice president Dave Alexander as saying,

The perimeter of the building is different on every single floor. The framing of each floor will be difficult, as the balconies will be cantilevered off of the column line, and cannot hold support for upper floors.

The story then says that McHugh will use a high-flying form system that attaches to the column and core wall to complete each floor and that the tower is expected to be completed by 2009.

But before then will we wave bye-bye to Jeanne Gang and Studio/Gang/Architects design for a wavy exterior?

My favorite part of this story is that McHugh is the company that built

Wilco Towers, I mean Marina City.

I bet that was complicated too, don’t you think? And hey, Marina City on the river kind of undulates, doesn’t it? More on that, right here.

-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+–+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+–+-+-+-+–+-+-

It can be done! From the homepage of James McHugh Construction Co:

I Am McHugh
Building Chicago

Since its founding in 1897, Chicago-based James McHugh Construction Co. has earned its reputation as a builder of landmark, one-of-a-kind structures. This success is attributed to the company’s long-standing commitment to creative construction solutions, innovation and a devotion to its staff.

11/21/2006

Aqua Tower

Much is made,
rightly so,
of Jeanne Gang,
Mark Schendel and Studio/Gang’s
design for

Aqua Tower.

It’ll be near the Chicago River and the lake, in a cluster of towers, some eighty stories of hotel rooms, apartments, condos and parking. Wow! The form is said to maximize the views, since it’s in a cluster of towers at “Lakeshore East ” – a new development increasingly displaying its blandness, which I suppose ‘Aqua’ is supposed to relieve.

The ~ $500 million Aqua residential tower, is due to begin rising near the sea by year’s end. I can’t wait to see it.

But looking at the great Reliance Building yesterday,

its facade seemed to undulate like water too.

How about the Monadanock?

That kind of undulates, doesn’t it? To maximize views.

And if Louis S’s Stock Exchange were here, we’d see the waves in it.

So what’s nice about Studio/Gang’s building is
it’s new, it’s today, it uses the latest technology,
but because it’s rational it fits in a tradition.

Save me the penthouse on the top,
it’d be perfect for me.
I’m feeling rather pent up.
-E

11/21/2006

Aqua Tower

Much is made,
rightly so,
of Jeanne Gang,
Mark Schendel and Studio/Gang’s
design for

Aqua Tower.

It’ll be near the Chicago River and the lake, in a cluster of towers, some eighty stories of hotel rooms, apartments, condos and parking. Wow! The form is said to maximize the views, since it’s in a cluster of towers at “Lakeshore East ” – a new development increasingly displaying its blandness, which I suppose ‘Aqua’ is supposed to relieve.

The ~ $500 million Aqua residential tower, is due to begin rising near the sea by year’s end. I can’t wait to see it.

But looking at the great Reliance Building yesterday,

its facade seemed to undulate like water too.

How about the Monadanock?

That kind of undulates, doesn’t it? To maximize views.

And if Louis S’s Stock Exchange were here, we’d see the waves in it.

So what’s nice about Studio/Gang’s building is
it’s new, it’s today, it uses the latest technology,
but because it’s rational it fits in a tradition.

Save me the penthouse on the top,
it’d be perfect for me.
I’m feeling rather pent up.
-E