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Dr. Taco Dec 17, 2009 6:54 PM


Originally Posted by Northwest (Post 4608495)
Ha ha yeah I found this stunt to be rather stunning... reminds me of the forumer who got banned for trespassing on the Spire site to take photos down the cassion sleeves...
In any case, wow! I hope Magellen doesnt track you down...

that was me, I wasn't banned, the pictures were removed, and that was nothing like what these guys did, haha. those guys are insane. all i did was illegally run 15 feet and shoot a picture down a hole and run back. at most i would have fallen about ten feet, but these guys.....insane :tup:

sentinel Dec 17, 2009 6:55 PM


Originally Posted by EarlyBuyer (Post 4612035)
A reminder that the 15 floors for the future hotel are still essentially raw space. The CTBUH definition of "completed" does fit Aqua at this time however (see footnote #2) in the link I'd provided above.

There might be something coming up in the new year regarding those first 15 floors - details scant..for now

EarlyBuyer Dec 17, 2009 7:09 PM


Originally Posted by sentinel (Post 4612062)
There might be something coming up in the new year regarding those first 15 floors - details scant..for now


Tom In Chicago Dec 17, 2009 8:43 PM

Yeah. . . I think I'll move this to the completed section tomorrow after I take a stroll around the perimeter after work tonight. . . meeting with Marshall (CTBUH/Emporis) anyhow so we'll talk about it then. . . also I'll take a photo in the morning when and - god willing - if the sun is shining. . .

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EarlyBuyer Dec 17, 2009 10:40 PM

Jeanne Gang as a featured Panelist on Chicago Public Radio

ChiPsy Dec 17, 2009 11:16 PM


Originally Posted by EarlyBuyer (Post 4612055)
Chicks with Bricks: The World's Tallest Female Designed Skyscraper

That is a great illustration of the power of a (missing) hyphen. So the world's tallest female designed a skyscraper??? I bet she specc'ed higher ceilings than the ones in Aqua ;)

(Still recovering from recent headline snafus in the Spire thread...)

EarlyBuyer Dec 18, 2009 12:40 AM

Chicago Awaits a LEED Aqua Tower

"...with nearly 2 million square feet of space, it is certainly a significant LEED project, and one of the largest green buildings anywhere..."

EarlyBuyer Dec 18, 2009 12:53 AM

Chicago's year in architecture
Modern Wing, Aqua, Serta and other highlights

Chicago Tribune
Blair Kamin

"...Aqua: This hotel and residential tower, by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, brought undulating balconies and a spectacular sculptural presence to a skyline long characterized by repetitive right angles..."

A great 2009 capstone article:,2716103.story

EarlyBuyer Dec 18, 2009 1:16 AM

The Aqua Tower by Studio Gang Architects


EarlyBuyer Dec 18, 2009 2:26 PM

The well-trodden path:
Driving may be a fact of life, but some communities still are made for walking

Chicago Tribune

"...Walkability equates to a healthy lifestyle, freedom of choice and convenience. [These are] significant quality-of-life issues for our residents," she said. rates communities for walkability -- new, old and those under construction, like the 82-story Aqua, a high-rise in Chicago designed to include condos, rentals, hotel and retail spaces.

Aqua's location within the 28-acre, $4 billion Lakeshore East development from Magellan Development Group kicked it into the site's "Walker's Paradise" category. Lakeshore East is adjacent to Millennium Park and three blocks from Michigan Avenue, one of the most walkable streets in the world...",1803990.story

Tom In Chicago Dec 18, 2009 6:35 PM

I don't see any reason to leave this in the U/C section. . . looks like it's done and the CTBUH guys (Marshall/Jan) agree that it's - for all practical purposes - been completed for a while now anyways. . .

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