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Old Posted Apr 1, 2021, 6:32 PM
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I wonder how feasible it would be to hang some sort of porous but reflective blue scrim covering the blow-through. I don't think I can really like this building in its current state of completion.
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Old Posted Apr 1, 2021, 11:03 PM
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Old Posted Apr 9, 2021, 6:19 PM
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I know I'm beating a mummified horse but that singular mechanical vent patch on the east facade bugs me so much. It's like look at all the other major towers in the skyline - none of them have a mistake like that.


Otherwise it's nice, I don't even really mind the vents on the south facade because they look somewhat intentional.
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2021, 12:31 AM
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^Agreed. There is also one on the west side. How does something like that happen?
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2021, 4:05 PM
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I would suspect it happens because Lowenberg didn't want to spend the money or the square footage necessary in the mechanical risers to have direct exhaust from the kitchens.

So, when a buyer of a multi-million dollar unit says they want direct exhaust, they get it.
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Old Posted Apr 11, 2021, 2:33 AM
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Biggest disappointment in a supertall in a while. Those mechanical floors or just awful and ruin the whole tower.
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Old Posted Apr 12, 2021, 7:58 AM
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A good article. Most concrete balcony slab construction I have seen certainly does not have any thermal break. So much emphasis on thermal breaking the window system and selecting double and triple Low E glazing and the concrete is the biggest thermal bridge of them all. Should follow the UK market way with prefabricated steel balconies that do have thermal break separation from the structure.

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That's a great article. So do all window wall highrises with exposed slabs have the same problem, or is this unique to Aqua because of the balconies? There are a ton of window wall buildings with balconies in cold-weather markets like Toronto, and I've never heard of this (maybe I'm not reading the right news). Maybe they know to put those thermal layers in the slabs to prevent the heat loss. Fascinating stuff!
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Old Posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:28 PM
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I wish the louvers were on the north side, where they would be somewhat less conspicuous.
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Old Posted Apr 14, 2021, 4:02 PM
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^ Except isn’t the north side considered the front of the building?
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Old Posted Apr 14, 2021, 4:09 PM
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^ Except isn’t the north side considered the front of the building?
The north side is the more picturesque angle but I'd say 100X the number of people experience the building from the south. Especially because upper Wacker on the north side is a dead end and not a thoroughfare.
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Biggest disappointment in a supertall in a while. Those mechanical floors or just awful and ruin the whole tower.
I agree. The undulation of the building looks really cool, as does the gradation of the glass. But those mechanical/blow through floors look horrendous and completely mar the building. I can't believe no one has found a more elegant way to solve the problem, and I hope something can be done in the future to remedy it. I'm surprised St. Regis wants their name associated with this tower, tbh.
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Going to have to disagree with all you because from the Glenview Park District i can see Sears, Chump, Aon, John, and my favorite Vista in all their glory....
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The tallest part of the tower has that mangy starved look of those hideous 57th street hot money deposit towers in Manhattan.

It's disappointing but it's tall and helps fill in the skyline which is all that can be said for it.
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This building has come to represent to me the most salient characteristics of the current, embarrassingly unforgettable obsession in architectural

designs with gimmickry and pretense at the expense of the expression of integrity interwoven with a genius of economy. I do not worship at the

altar of Mies but this wiggling wall and finger and its many ilk popping up around the planet have turned the idea of "less is more" on its head.

The attitude broadcast by these googaws - designed to pander to the egos of the most pretentious and monetarily hoarding pseudo-members of

the societies which they seek to dominate - is strictly "more or less."

This building represents the costliness of rushed desperation as much as anything else. Look at me, Look at me, like the adage,

"pearls before swine" it will always need redemption from its own pretenses. Move the columns this way and that, cover them over with shallow

manipulated glass, punch a hole through it to make it less of a danger, and pretty soon you'll get Dr. Frankenstein to sign a contract!

Like so many politicos, "it depends upon what the meaning of the word 'Is' is" and, in so many cases nowadays, more has become much, much less

and the negative planetary effects continue to grow.

So, we are left with the only assessment allowed today - It could have been worse.
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Old Posted Apr 20, 2021, 12:56 AM
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^ You’d be a hoot at a gala.

Imagine the money, man-hours, ingenuity, and effort spent on this tower. It’s certainly appreciated by this grateful citizen. The bldg is a welcome addition to our cityscape.
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Old Posted Apr 20, 2021, 1:21 AM
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This tower draws strong emotions - both pro and con. Every great skyline needs a few of these occasionally sprinkled in. Adds variation and dynamism. How boring it would be without towers like this one.

Btw, put me in the column that loves it!
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