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Aqua, Chicago

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Aqua is an 84-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 named the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009 skyscraper of the year, and was shortlisted in 2010 for the biannual International Highrise Award.ArchitectAqua is designed by Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, and it is her first skyscraper project. The project is 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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  • Lovely building, very distinctive. Seemed to have a wonderful green space and garden. would be nice to see it in spring and summer.  more »
  • This is one of the most beautiful buildings recently erected in Chicago. Its a residential as well as a hotel building (Radisson Blu). The building is one of the few designed by a .female architect Je...  more »
  • Entrance is not too inviting ....and after entering the lobby still you don't fill you are welcome. I was confused about where to go...especially that I knew that there is an access to the pedway conn...  more »