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United Building

Identification

United Building
R.R. Donnelley Building
117374

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
composite structure
caisson foundation
glass
granite
white
light gray
postmodernism
multigabled roof

Usage

commercial office

Facts

  • The elevator cabs are wood-paneled with coffered barrel-vaulted ceilings.
  • While many skyscrapers lack a 13th floor because of superstition, this one lacks a 49th floor in order to elevate the top occupied level to "50".
  • The lobby's east end contains "Twisted Columns", a sculpture by the building's architect Ricardo Bofill. It consists of 3 twisted white stone columns in a black reflecting pool.
  • On the west side of the lobby is a stone sculpture "Three Lawyers and a Judge" by Catalan artist Xavier Corberó.
  • The lobby's stone walls are finely grooved, like a fluted classical column.
  • 540 high-intensity lamps accentuate the plaza and facades at night.
  • The 48-foot high main lobby is built of Mediterranean marble and contains bamboo trees and 2 large sculptures. A private side lobby to the east serves as a grand reception area for the main tenant.
  • The exterior is made of silver glass and Portuguese white granite.
  • The Negotiator, a movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, used this building as a location.
  • In 1992 this building won the Best Structure Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.

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Location

77 West Wacker Drive
60601
U.S.A.

Technical Data

668.01 ft
668.01 ft
668.01 ft
140.00 ft
165.00 ft
49
2
1990
1992
13.75 ft
25

Involved Companies

Design Architect:

Associate Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

acoustics consultant, developer, electrical contractor, elevator supplier, facade designer, facade maintenance system supplier, facade supplier, general contractor, geotechnical engineering, landscape architect, MEP engineering, owner, property management, structural engineering