Chicago is certainly a city of beautiful buildings. Steely skyscrapers dominate the skyline of the Loop. Elegant apartment buildings are scattered throughout neighborhoods like Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast. Edgy, arty lofts can be found in neighborhoods like Bucktown and Wicker Park. And many of Chicago’s museums and administrative buildings double as awe inspiring works of architecture.
There is so much great architecture in Chicago that it can sometimes be hard to appreciate all of the architectural beauty of the buildings in Chicago.
For that reason, we’ve decided to feature a few of our favorite architectural triumphs on our blog. This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at the architectural triumph that is The Aqua Tower.
The Aqua Tower is one of Chicago’s most striking skyscrapers. It features 86 stories of mixed-used residential space. It’s located in the Lakeshore East development of downtown Chicago, and it’s close to other landmark buildings, like Trump Tower and the Hancock Tower.
The tower was designed by world-renowned architect Jeanne Gang, and is the tallest building in the world designed by a woman. It contains an 82,550 square foot terrace complete with gardens, gazebos, several pools, multiple hot tubs, and a track perfect for indoor walking and running. It’s one of Chicago’s sleekest, best designed skyscrapers, and it was named the 2009 skyscraper of the year by the Emporis Skyscraper Award. It was also shortlisted for the International Highrise Award in 2010.
Locals and tourists alike appreciate the Aqua Tower’s clean lines and curvilinear forms, and no trip to Chicago would be complete without at least a glimpse of it.
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