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Sunday20 August 2017

Goettsch’s Windy City tower cleared for lift-off

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Proposals for 51-storey office block approved by Chicago Plan Commission

Plans for a 51-storey office block in Chicago’s central business district have won unanimous approval from city authorities.

Goettsch Partners’ plans – drawn up for the Howard Hughes Corporation – will deliver 125,400 sq m of new space that also includes a conference centre, restaurants and shops.

The design of the aluminium-and-glass curtain walled structure also features stepped projections with outdoor terraces providing high- and low-level views across the city.

James Goettsch, chairman and CEO of Goettsch Partners, said the site – between North Wacker Drive and the Chicago River – was one of the few remaining building opportunities in the city’s downtown area that was bounded by three streets and the river.

“The site’s trapezoidal shape allows us to provide a series of stepped projections on the western façade, enhancing views up and down the river, emphasizing the building’s verticality and providing the building with a distinct identity,” he said.

“At street level, almost half of the site is publicly accessible and features a soaring covered riverwalk, supported by a distinctive structural design.”

The project team predicted a two-and-a-half-year build programme for the tower, but have not finalised a start date.

 

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