Lake Point Tower
Structure in General
- The building's curves were calculated so residents cannot see into each other's windows.
- Tallest all-residential building in the world from 1968 until 1993, when Tregunter 3 was completed in Hong Kong.
- Lake Point Tower is the only tall building in Chicago east of Lake Shore Drive; a city ordinance prohibits construction of any others. Harbor Point and 400 East Randolph were also east of the Drive before the highway was shifted eastward.
- The roof of the building's west podium holds the 2.5 acre Skyline Park, which features a duck pond, waterfall, playground, and wooded trails.
- The original plan was to construct identical towers to the east and west of Lake Point Tower, with 3 total.
- Lake Point Tower is located on the peninsula which leads into Navy Pier, one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions.
- The entrance is a driveway which crosses underneath the pedestal into a circular opening that frames an upward view of the tower.
- Lake Point Tower was finally surpassed as the tallest all-residential building in Chicago in June 2003 when 55 East Erie was topped out.
- The three arms are equally spaced at 120 degree angles.
- Original plans called for 4 rounded lobes, but the final plan was more economical to construct.
- Lake Point Tower was the first commission its architects ever received.
- To perfect the uninterrupted simplicity of the tower's facade, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems were hidden in the fixed window sashes.
- When it opened this building contained the highest residences above ground level in the world, although it was surpassed a year later by the John Hancock Center a few blocks away.
- Every window of every residential unit in the building has a view of Lake Michigan.
- Though it is only the 21st-tallest completed building in Chicago, Lake Point Tower ranks 5th in the number of floors.
- The architects persuaded the developer to build a taller building than originally intended, to leave room for more park space around it.
- Other Lake Point Towers can be found in Bangkok, North Palm Beach, and Hallandale Beach, but they all look very different from this one.
- The architects were recognized with an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1970.
- Baseball slugger Sammy Sosa is a former resident of this building.
- The condominium conversion in 1988 was at the time the largest ever in the United States in terms of property value.
- The structural/elevator core at the center is triangular.
- The window mullions are spaced precisely so that they disappear from the point of view of a person standing right at the glass.
- A few apartments in the building were formerly used as temporary housing for actors working in Chicago, including Anthony Quinn, Tom Cruise, Dolly Parton, and Tom Selleck.
- Landscape architect Alfred Caldwell designed gardens for the entire roof of the pedestal, but the small section east of the tower was never developed.
- On the third floor a Thomas McGlynn sculpture titled 'The Word' commemorates the fact that there were no fatalities during the building's construction.
- The building's design influenced two other residential towers on Chicago's lakefront: Harbor Point and Park Tower Condominiums.
- This is by far the shortest building in the world with 70-plus floors; the next-shortest is Circle on Cavill (North Tower) in Gold Coast City, Australia.
- On top of the building there is a circular penthouse occupied by a restaurant. The restaurant floor does not revolve.
- World's tallest reinforced concrete building from 1968 until 1971, when it was surpassed by One Shell Plaza in Houston.
- The design was influenced by a visionary skyscraper for Berlin drawn in 1922 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings