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Oakbrook Terrace Tower

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Identification

Oakbrook Terrace Tower
126138

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
concrete
aluminum
glass
curtain wall
blue
modernism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Tallest building in Illinois outside Chicago.
  • The building displays several of architect Helmut Jahn's tradmarks including horizontal stripes, and a blue glass façade like some of his east coast skyscrapers.
  • Like several other Jahn buildings, even the sidewalks were designed by him.
  • The tower is octagonal with four chevron gables at the top and chevron arches over the two main entrances.
  • Each of the top four floors has 16 corner offices.
  • The five-story lobby is clad in white Statuario Venato and gray Moncervetto marbles. It features a stainless steel sculpture by Nancy Graves titled Peripeteia '88.
  • The glass spandrels are patterned with a silvery sheen which gives them the appearance of aluminum.
  • The design features chevrons not only in the gables and entrances, but in the lobby walls, elevator doors, and the tiles of the health club's swimming pool.
  • The main entrance is aligned with a long tree-lined driveway coming off of Spring Road from the east.
  • After its completion, opponents of the tower spread a false rumor that it was leaning. The rumor made it into the Chicago Tribune before it was discredited.

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Location

1 Tower Lane
1 Tower Lane
60181
Oakbrook Terrace
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

418.00 ft
418.00 ft
418.00 ft
31
1986
1987

Involved Companies

Murphy/Jahn, Inc.

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