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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

Usages

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 three 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 two 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
225 North Clark Street
77 West Wacker Drive
60601
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Certificates

Certified as LEED – Gold (2011)

Technical Data

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

Involved Companies


DeStefano & Goettsch

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