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Aqua

Identification

Aqua
Lakeshore East Building 2-P
190323

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
concrete
caisson foundation
concrete
exposed structure
white
modernism
flat roof with 1 box

Usages

rental apartments residential condominium hotel
commercial office shop(s) parking

Facts

  • The 736 residential units include 262 condominium units in the upper levels and 474 rental units in the mid-levels, with 55,000 square feet of commercial office space at the first and second floors.
  • During construction the formwork for the curving edges was guided by a global positioning system.
  • Drilling began on the first of more than 300 foundation caissons at 11:20 a.m. on March 12, 2007.
  • The name 'Aqua' fits the nautical theme of the Lakeshore East development, and is derived from the wave-like forms of the balconies. The name also matches the blue-green tint of the windows.
  • This is the world's third-tallest building designed by a female architect. It is surpassed only by the two Emirates Towers in Dubai, which were designed by Hazel Wong.
  • The facade is designed to prevent bird collisions, utilizing the irregular curves of the balconies along with special glass that is opaque to birds.
  • The facade is composed of undulating balconies which change slightly from floor to floor, forming a rippling, curtain-like surface.
  • Balconies extend as much as 12 feet from the tower's perimeter, and are concentrated outside of living rooms so that bedroom windows have more open views.
  • Balcony depths are calculated to optimize views beyond the building perimeter, and also to optimize sun shading within units according to where it is most needed.

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Location

225 North Columbus Drive
60601
Lakeshore East
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

261.82 m
86
Mar 2007
Oct 2009
24
$300,000,000

Involved Companies

Columbian Model & Exhibit Works, Ltd.

Loewenberg + Associates

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
civil engineering, concrete supplier, developer, electrical contractor, elevator supplier, excavation company, fire protection engineering, foundation company, general contractor, glass supplier, landscape architect, mechanical systems installation, plumbing contractor, property management, real estate agent, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • Aircraft warning lights installed
  • Balconies are available
  • Bicycle storage is available
  • Business center is available
  • Conference center is available
  • Doorman is available
  • Double glazing is installed
  • Dry cleaning service is available
  • Electric car charger is available
  • Exercise facility is available
  • Green roof is present
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Hospitality room is available
  • Lightning protection is installed
  • Media room is available
  • Pedway access is available
  • Playground is available
  • Public parking is available
  • Raised floors are available
  • Reading room is available
  • Running track is available
  • Sauna is available
  • Storage space is available
  • Sundeck is available
  • Swimming pool is available
  • Uninterrupted power supply
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