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Smurfit-Stone Building

Identification

Smurfit-Stone Building
Stone Container Building, Associates Center
116680

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
concrete
caisson foundation
aluminum
curtain wall
white
modernism
sloped roof

Usage

commercial office
shop(s)

Facts

  • The top of the building is oriented toward the lakefront, and is often said to resemble a sailboat.
  • The building was originally planned to be 5 stories taller.
  • Located at the northwest corner of Grant Park, on the former site of the John Crerar Library.
  • The southeast section is cut away at the base, except for a triangular column containing a public stairway to the nearby Metra train station.
  • The diamond-shaped slope is outlined with white light bulbs. Around holidays they used to be replaced with colored lights.
  • The official count of 41 floors does not include 5 levels of unused space in the narrowest portion at the top of the diamond.
  • The building appears to be split diagonally down the middle. The right and left sides are slightly disjointed, and at the top they are actually separated by a gap.
  • The building's designer was Sheldon Schlegman of A. Epstein & Sons.
  • Originally planned as One Parke Place, this was billed as the world's first computerized office building.
  • The service cores are rotated 45° from the street grid, producing diagonally-oriented office floorplans which take advantage of the extraordinary southeast views.
  • On special occasions the windows inside the diamond are lit in patterns spelling short messages or sports team names.
  • A sculpture by Yaakov Agam used to occupy the triangular niche at street level. Called "Communication - X9", its colorful geometric patterns would change when the viewer walked past.
  • This building was featured prominately in the 1987 motion picture "Adventures in Babysitting" starring Elisabeth Shue.

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More Information

Location

150 North Michigan Avenue
60601
U.S.A.

Technical Data

582.01 ft
582.01 ft
582.01 ft
41
1982
1983
14

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

developer, electrical connections, general contractor, property management, safety consultant, structural engineering, tenant

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Ornamental illumination is installed