Sunday, November 8, 2015

Architectural Gem

The last time I visited Chicago was the first time I got to see this award winning high-rise building called simply "Aqua".  I was very impressed with the look of this building.  So much so that I did some research on who designed it and I was amazed to find out that the architect was Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects.

It turns out that this building is the tallest high-rise building designed by a woman in the United States.  And what a design.  The building was designed with balconies of different shapes and sizes creating an undulating, almost liquid effect.  Because of that design, the base of each floor of the building is a different size and shape.

The building was completed in 2009 and that same year it won the Emporis Skyscraper Award.

The building contains a Radisson Blu Hotel, condominiums and apartments.  I checked and those apartments run anywhere between $1400.00 to $4000.00 a month.

I also checked the price of the condo units and all the ad said was all listings  over $1,000,000.

One interesting note is that each site I visited to gather information for this post listed a different number of floors in this high-rise.  One said 84, another said 87 and still another said 82.  I wonder which is correct.

When I was working a 2-year contract in Chicago back in the late 90's, I lived in this building.  I had a gorgeous one bedroom apartment facing south and east with views of Grant Park, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

The new Aqua building is now right behind where I used to live.  You can see it peeking out behind this building. If I still lived in that same apartment, my windows would now be looking right at it.


Anonymous said...

She did a fabulous job!

Thérèse said...

I can easily understand the award. An unusual look, spectacular!

Lowell said...

I've not seen this's incredibly beautiful. And your old home is rather nice, too! Excellent photos, as usual!

Lowell said...

Hi Sharon,

Re your question on Ocala: No, this is not where the alligators live. This is an area of small horse farms near where we live. I did see a very large turtle sticking its head out of that hole last week.

William Kendall said...

The Aqua really stands out... beautifully designed!

Halcyon said...

I always dreamed of living in one of those high rises in a big city. We don't really have that in Berlin, but I love my "Altbau" apartment even more, I think!

VP said...

A great building with an amazing design!

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