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Old Posted Nov 5, 2005, 4:31 AM
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Are they planning to gut the first floor of the old Medinah building?
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That does look like Lower Manhattan. It would be cool to see a rendering like this one ^ but with the actual layout of the city, and all the new buildings in it.

Something like this:

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^It's unlike the works Lagrange has done before. Not his usual neo-art déco style.
I'm surprised - in a good way.
     
     
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^I think Lagrange is really typically neo-beaux-arts, rather that art deco. Otherwise, agreed.
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Old Posted Nov 7, 2005, 10:36 AM
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The proposed 850-foot tower would be almost twice the height of the historic south tower, which was built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club and is known for its blend of design features inspired by sources that range from ancient Egypt to the Italian Renaissance.

I'm glad that the addition won't mimic the south tower. I've never been fond of it.
Hopefully, the new tower will catch most of the attention.
     
     
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looks like a nice tower. but i hate how that "park" will create even more of a covered lower level (no matter how small). wish they would just create a nice open staircase and stop creating even more of a basement effect. the nbc tower extended the basement all the way over to columbus. bleck.
     
     
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looks like a nice tower. but i hate how that "park" will create even more of a covered lower level (no matter how small). wish they would just create a nice open staircase and stop creating even more of a basement effect. the nbc tower extended the basement all the way over to columbus. bleck.
I agree. Chicago suffers from enough shadows and darkness. Let's not add anymore.

Oh, I recently read that Chicago is perhaps the darkest city in the nation. It geographical position relative to the time zones and the days of overcast gave it that dubious recognition.
     
     
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looks like a nice tower. but i hate how that "park" will create even more of a covered lower level (no matter how small). wish they would just create a nice open staircase and stop creating even more of a basement effect. the nbc tower extended the basement all the way over to columbus. bleck.
I agree. Chicago suffers from enough shadows and darkness. Let's not add anymore.

Oh, I recently read that Chicago is perhaps the darkest city in the nation. It geographical position relative to the time zones and the days of overcast gave it that dubious recognition.
Even darker than NY? I would find that hard to believe...
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looks like a nice tower. but i hate how that "park" will create even more of a covered lower level (no matter how small). wish they would just create a nice open staircase and stop creating even more of a basement effect. the nbc tower extended the basement all the way over to columbus. bleck.
I agree. Chicago suffers from enough shadows and darkness. Let's not add anymore.

Oh, I recently read that Chicago is perhaps the darkest city in the nation. It geographical position relative to the time zones and the days of overcast gave it that dubious recognition.
Even darker than NY? I would find that hard to believe...
Yeah. For one, the weather is worse. Second, the city of Chicago sits at the right-hand margin of the CST. That is why it can be nearly pitch dark at 4:30 pm in mid-December. Think about it, just across the border 100 miles south in IN, it is an hour later but has the same amount of sun. According to the article, you want to sit in the left-hand margin of a given time zone band.
     
     
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^ I wish they'd just move Chicago to the Eastern Time Zone. There's nothing to the west of us except Northern Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska anyway. Then we could be in the same time zone as the East Coast for TV schedule and business travel purposes, and get an extra hour of daylight in the evenings...
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Don't want to be gobbled up by NYC again...
     
     
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Here's a better image of the base (would be larger but file size constraints):

Convert it to a jpeg. The png format isn't good for showing photos or renderings or anything with lots of different colors.
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What a nice looking tower. Chicago is just friggin amazing.
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well, people seemed in a mood to bump all the chicago highrise threads to page 1 today, so i figured i'd grab the last one
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Old Posted Jan 31, 2006, 5:24 AM
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^ Totally agree Steely! I think we should all do it on regular basis so we keep all our Chicago threads alive.
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I'll also join in to bump this thread to the top for no particular reason and with no particular news.
     
     
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A similar construction dilema is occuring in NYC right now with the Drake Swisshotel. Developers want to tear down an ugly 1960s addition and contruct a tower on that parcel of the property. The controversey in NYC is whether or not the developers will keep the 1920s Park Av. hotel or simply demo the whole lot. I hope they follow suit with the Chicago approach. The Drake in NYC is a terrific building, but definitely not at the same level as the original Intercontinental here.
     
     
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I received this high resolution rendering yesterday.

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Old Posted Jan 31, 2006, 6:19 PM
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^ oh hells yeah!

this project now officially rules.
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That is double-delicious! That project is so sweet. Its like the Legacy's thicker cousin (with less width).
     
     
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