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Featured Building: Aqua

A bird's eye view of Lakeshore East Complex

The Aqua Tower is an 82 storey "supertall" mixed use structure within the 28 acre Lakeshore East complex, and contains commercial, residential and hotel spaces. It rises from a podium near Millennium Park and is part of of a development that has been under construction for the better part of the last decade on the old Illinois Central Railroad yards along Lake Michigan.

A bird's eye view of Lakeshore East Complex
It was designed by Studio Gang Architects, headed by Jeanne Gang, FAIA, whose 38 person firm has distinguished itself with community centers, schools, and houses. This was their first high rise structure and the developer, James Loewenberg of the Magellan Development Group, asked that the tower be sustainable, as well.[1]

From a distance, the curved and swerving balconies gives this building an appearance of rippling water, unlike the square rectilinear buildings that Chicago is usually known for. The design called for 1.9 million square feet and is roughly estimated to cost about $300 million.

Aqua is noted for its design and functionality and was named "skyscraper of the year for 2009" by Emporis, a German company that collects and publishes data about buildings worldwide.

Here is a one minute promotional video that presents an overview of the Aqua: Aqua at Lakeshore East - Chicago


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