The Chicago Tribune reports on the latest supertall tower planned for Chicago, Fordham Tower, designed by everybody's favorite Spanish architect/engineer Santiago Calatrava. According to the article, the tower would be
...utterly different from the boxy forms found elsewhere on the Chicago skyline: A skyscraper with gently curving, concave outer walls attached to a massive reinforced concrete core.Calatrava is quoted as saying this super-duper tall height (about 550-feet more than the Sears Tower) reflects his search for ideal proportions and that the goal "is not the highest, or the widest, but a building that wants to be special, a step beyond." Alderman Burton Natarus humorously said, "It's going to put Chicago on the map." Because Millennium Park (among many other architectural triumph's in the city's history) was a big failure, eh Alderman?
Each floor would rotate a little more than 2 degrees from the one below. The floors would turn 270 degrees around the core as they rise, making the building appear to twist.
A spire above would soar to roughly 2,000 feet...
The Trib's coverage - evident in its subheader "Trump blasts iffy edifice that would put his in shadow" - finds a way to work in the Donald, who thinks the insanity limit for building tall is 1,360 feet - the height of Trump Tower now under construction. The Sun-Times coverage, on the other hand, takes a different approach, focusing on the femininity of the design that resembles a "tall, stately woman in a flowing, gauzy gown that swirls around her legs."
The proposed tower's location is about two blocks from where I work. If it existed now, I could see it out my window. I know you're happy for me, but no doubt the Streeterville community will have a fair number of people opposed to this looming presence and potential target in their midst.
The site is actually located at a dead end, at the terminus of Water Street which in this one-block stretch now serves two residential developments - one 3-story townhouses, the other two condo towers with townhouses - before it ends just east of Lake Shore Drive. This fact might be acceptable considering the developer is planning to fill the tower with less than 500 hotel and residential units combined, about 250 less than Trump.
The official unveiling of the proposal is Wednesday, so hopefully more - and better - images will follow. At the moment the design is being called a birthday candle and the like (licorice, perhaps?). These sort of analogies I don't find very helpful, though coming from Calatrava I find the design driven more by the 2-degree gimmick than any concerns of beauty and proportion, as he indicated. As well the spire is as dislocated as the one at Freedom Tower. But maybe new renderings will put a better twist on the design, no pun intended.
Update: The New York Times has a feature with a dramatic (yet tiny) nighttime skyline rendering.