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One South Wacker

Identification

One South Wacker
117006

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
caisson foundation
glass
curtain wall
black light gray
modernism

Usages

commercial office
shop(s)

Facts

  • Featured in the Daft Punk music video "Burnin" - a loose take on the film "Towering Inferno".
  • The building's form recalls the spirit of a gothic cathedral, with buttress-like setbacks and arch patterns in black glass.
  • One of Chicago's most unusual skyscrapers, designed by Helmut Jahn.
  • Has an all-glass curtain wall in three colors: black, silver, and pink.
  • The 3 upper sections of pink glass on the west façade cover small private atriums.
  • The lobby connects Wacker Drive and Madison Street, and is unusual for its dark black color. Helmut Jahn's original design was altered in a remodeling project around 2000.
  • The building used to command a clear view from the North Branch of the Chicago River, and was shown on many postcards from this angle until UBS Tower was built to the north.

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Location

1 South Wacker Drive
60606
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

550.01 ft
550.01 ft
550.01 ft
40
1979
1982

Involved Companies

MEP engineering, developer, owner, property management, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • Exercise facility is available
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