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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WORLD ARCHITECTURE/Recent U.S. Residential Skyscrapers

MODERNISM SOARS—Two similar yet so very different high rise structures have been built recently in Chicago and New York City.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--In Lower Manhattan near the Brooklyn Bridge, architect Frank Gehry’s monster apartment skyscraper (all 800+ units are rentals) was completed in February, 2011. Called New York By Gehry, the project is 76 stories and located in lower Manhattan. The project is so massive it contains a public elementary school.

CHICAGO IS--Chicago’s Aqua, the undulating work of architectural designer Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang and James Loewenberg of Loewenberg & Associates, was completed in 2010. It has numerous firsts, including designer Gang’s first skyscraper and the first structure to combine, residences (718 units), rentals (474 units), condominiums (264 units) and a hotel operation (334). It tops out at 82 floors, depending on your source. LEED designation is pending.

Aqua’s unique look arrives from the fact the entire building (standard glass box) is composed of irregular shaped concrete floor slabs protruding out as balconies. Akin to stacking modern pancakes on a plate.

Top Left: New York By Gehry
Top Right & Lower: Aqua by night and day

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