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Identification

Skybridge
100434

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
concrete
caisson foundation
concrete
exposed structure
white gray
modernism

Usages

residential condominium
mercantile parking supermarket

Facts

  • The name Skybridge comes from the transparent gap in the middle of the building, where a glass hallway links the two sections on each level.
  • Because the bridge is indented on both sides of the building, each floor has 8 corner exposures.
  • The tower was positioned on the eastern third of the site along the Kennedy Expressway to take advantage of permanently open skyline views.
  • The base of the building holds a Dominick's supermarket and a parking garage. The garage windows on the west side are reminiscent of futuristic architecture from the 1960's.
  • Skybridge is the tallest building in Chicago west of Interstate 94.
  • The main entrance is behind a forest of giant columns holding up the north end of the building.
  • The facade is painted white and gray with splashes of red, yellow, and blue at various points of inflection.
  • The initial version of the design called for all units to be positioned east of the main corridor, which would have resulted in a much thinner structure.
  • The design was chosen in a competition between 3 architecture firms: Murphy/Jahn, Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay, and Perkins & Will. Jahn's entry nearly won with its plan for a core surrounded by adjustable modules which could be combined sideways and vertically to form larger units.
  • A giant steel trellis with a concrete spine extends from the roof, overhanging the sundecks on the north side.
  • During the planning stage a TV station across Halsted, concerned about interference with its satellite feeds, led a movement against the development. However when the design was unveiled at a protest meeting, a majority of neighbors cheered for the building.

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Location

1 North Halsted Street
737 West Washington Street
736-798 West Madison Street
1 North Halsted Street, 737 West Washington Street
60661
Near West Side
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

420.51 ft
420.51 ft
420.51 ft
406.58 ft
10.17 ft
39
2000
Apr 2003
500

Involved Companies

Perkins & Will

Perkins & Will

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Features & Amenities

  • Balconies are available
  • Bicycle storage is available
  • Doorman is available
  • Exercise facility is available
  • Public parking is available
  • Sundeck is available
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