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Aqua, Chicago

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Aqua is an 82-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, with James Loewenberg of Loewenberg & Associates as the Architect of Record, it includes five levels of parking below ground. The building's eighty-story, 140000sqft base is topped by a 82550sqft terrace with gardens, gazebos, pools, hot tubs, a walking/running track and a fire pit. Each floor covers approximately 16000sqft. The Aqua was awarded the Emporis Skyscraper Award as 2009 skyscraper of the year, and was shortlisted in 2010 for the biennial International Highrise Award.ArchitectAqua was designed by Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, and it was her first skyscraper project. The project was the largest ever awarded to an American firm headed by a woman. Loewenberg & Associates are the architects of record, led by James Loewenberg.DesignThe Aqua Tower is located at 225 North Columbus Drive, and is surrounded by high-rises. To capture views of nearby landmarks for Aqua's residents, Gang stretched its balconies outward by as much as 12ft. The result is a building composed of irregularly shaped concrete floor slabs which lend the facade an undulating, sculptural quality. Gang cites the striated limestone outcroppings that are a common topographic feature of the Great Lakes region as inspiration for these slabs.
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  • I love the architecture of this building, it is truly amazing! The waves in the building are truly unique. A definite photo site while in Chicago  more »
  • The Radisson Acqua hotel so close to the Millennium, was from the large, is admirable. It is stands out in Chicago. many high-rise buildings.
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  • As a frequent traveler, I tend to have the most critical observations. Most of the time if I am unable to say something nice about a hotel I will not post about my experience. This is NOT one of those...  more »
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  • Aqua is one of the most unique buildings in the world. Each balcony is unique in size & shape giving the appearance of water flowing in waves. The balconies are also functional as they break up wind shear around the building. You can stay in the Radisson Hotel on floors 1 - 18 of the 81 story Aqua building. Nothing else is like it.
  • I lived here for a while and the staff is amazing here. Also the building is just as gorgeous on the inside!
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  • The room was flawlessly designed to make the breathtaking view the focal point. The space was luxurious, while remaining bright and modern. Our room faced south and looked out over the lake to the left. It was a beautiful vantage point of the city. The inside of the hotel is just as cohesive and appealing as the exterior. The lobby plays with levels which is visually interesting, but might make it difficult to maneuver if you don't handle stairs well. Launching from Aqua, it is simple to get anywhere else in Chicago.
  • Beautiful building, filled with very friendly staff

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