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One South Wacker

Identification

One South Wacker
117006

Map

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 three upper sections of pink glass on the west facade 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
325 West Madison Street
1 South Wacker Drive
60606
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Certificates

Certified as LEED – Gold (2014)

Technical Data

550.01 ft
550.01 ft
550.01 ft
40
1979
1982

Involved Companies

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

Features & Amenities

  • Exercise facility is available
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