Archive for the ‘Marina City’ Category

Marina City always looks good

06/15/2008

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Reflected in the pool of one of the new downtown hotels on Dearborn.
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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

Don’t make Goldberg’s windows shed tears

12/14/2006


Is Prentice Hospital in danger of being demolished? Code Blue emergency, intensive care needed? She sits by Chicago’s lakefront. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which owns Prentice, has just opened a new maternity facility. About two months ago Northwestern told Landmarks Illinois that they do not plan to demolish the striking building from 1974-75. But an inside line is that while for now Northwestern needs the space in the old building, the long term objective could well be to tear down Prentice and put something more lucrative on the land.

Consider Northwestern’s ambitious hospital building program in the neighborhood, the desire for new technologies and comforts in hospitals today, and pricey land values there on Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Chicago’s enlightened City Council wouldn’t allow a building of that importance to be torn down, would it? Do you detect sarcasm ? Prentice, appallingly, does not have landmark protection.

She was designed, of course, by our great Bertrand Goldberg, the dapper fellow seen above.

You thought it looked familiar, in a Chicago kind of way?
Marina City, another local masterpiece by Bertrand Goldberg. Another masterpiece with no landmark protection. Now that’s really hard to believe.

Like all of Goldberg’s work, Prentice beams integrity.

He designed canvas houses, prefabricated low-cost houses, furniture and for the U.S. government – mobile vaccine laboratories. And he collaborated on projects with his friend and fellow ‘design scientist’ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Standing in front of Prentice, you can feel it breathe calmly, from deep inside its core.

Goldberg’s structurally innovative core holds up the cantilvered shell around it. His hospital plan here was copied far and wide. The blossoming layout – appropriate for a maternity hopsital – placed the doctors and nurses by the core and the rooms were clustered around them. Bertrand Goldberg ‘s son, the architect Geoffrey Goldberg, says

“The nurses and doctors could see the patients all at one time, and the patients could see them. This was unique at the time. It has proven successful – it is a sound idea, and made patients healthier, faster. It made a happy hospital.”

And it makes me happy to walk past it everyday. Its bulging curves – also appropriate for the function – are a joyful reminder that life is more complicated than most masculine, profit-obsessed, steel and glass boxes of Chicago might have you think.

Look at those windows! Here’s looking at you, kid! How human they are. Like eyes. You know maternity hospitals are emotional places. Save this building. Don’t make those windows shed tears.
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Don’t make Goldberg’s windows shed tears

12/14/2006


Is Prentice Hospital in danger of being demolished? Code Blue emergency, intensive care needed? She sits by Chicago’s lakefront. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which owns Prentice, has just opened a new maternity facility. About two months ago Northwestern told Landmarks Illinois that they do not plan to demolish the striking building from 1974-75. But an inside line is that while for now Northwestern needs the space in the old building, the long term objective could well be to tear down Prentice and put something more lucrative on the land.

Consider Northwestern’s ambitious hospital building program in the neighborhood, the desire for new technologies and comforts in hospitals today, and pricey land values there on Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Chicago’s enlightened City Council wouldn’t allow a building of that importance to be torn down, would it? Do you detect sarcasm ? Prentice, appallingly, does not have landmark protection.

She was designed, of course, by our great Bertrand Goldberg, the dapper fellow seen above.

You thought it looked familiar, in a Chicago kind of way?
Marina City, another local masterpiece by Bertrand Goldberg. Another masterpiece with no landmark protection. Now that’s really hard to believe.

Like all of Goldberg’s work, Prentice beams integrity.

He designed canvas houses, prefabricated low-cost houses, furniture and for the U.S. government – mobile vaccine laboratories. And he collaborated on projects with his friend and fellow ‘design scientist’ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Standing in front of Prentice, you can feel it breathe calmly, from deep inside its core.

Goldberg’s structurally innovative core holds up the cantilvered shell around it. His hospital plan here was copied far and wide. The blossoming layout – appropriate for a maternity hopsital – placed the doctors and nurses by the core and the rooms were clustered around them. Bertrand Goldberg ‘s son, the architect Geoffrey Goldberg, says

“The nurses and doctors could see the patients all at one time, and the patients could see them. This was unique at the time. It has proven successful – it is a sound idea, and made patients healthier, faster. It made a happy hospital.”

And it makes me happy to walk past it everyday. Its bulging curves – also appropriate for the function – are a joyful reminder that life is more complicated than most masculine, profit-obsessed, steel and glass boxes of Chicago might have you think.

Look at those windows! Here’s looking at you, kid! How human they are. Like eyes. You know maternity hospitals are emotional places. Save this building. Don’t make those windows shed tears.
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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.

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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.