Aqua Tower

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Created: 04/02/13
Last Edited: 01/03/14
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Description
Aqua’s striking vertical topography is achieved through strategic adjustments of the floor plates over the height of the 82-story tower.
  • Where slabs provide shading, clear, low-emissivity glass is called for. Where they do not, a higher performing glass is introduced. This higher reflectivity responds to this specific condition, creating a series of “pools” on the facade.
  • Independent parameters combine to create Aqua’s architecture.
  • At 82 stories and over 1.9 million sf, Aqua Tower is one of few high-rises in the world that creates a community on its façade. With a hotel, apartments, condominiums, parking, offices, and one of Chicago’s largest green roofs, this multi-use tower demonstrates both architectural and technical achievements. Its outdoor terraces—which differ in shape from floor to floor based on criteria such as views, solar shading and dwelling size/type—create a strong connection to the outdoors and the city, as well as form the tower’s distinctive undulating appearance.

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