lundi 13 février 2017

Willis Tower Building Renovation, Chicago

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Willis Tower Building

Key Chicago High-Rise Building Renovation, Illinois, USA: Super Tall – original design by SOM, Architects

13 Feb 2017

Willis Tower Renovations

Location: Wacker Drive, Chicago, USA
Date originally built: 1973
Original Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – SOM

Tallest tower in north America

City officials have revealed numerous improvements for Chicago’s tallest building, 233 S. Wacker Drive – the Willis Tower.

winter garden:
Willis Tower Building winter garden

Totaling up to $500 million, the renovations will include six floors of new retail space, an outdoor deck and a winter garden—all intended to entice tourists into the Tower, report Other potential new amenities include a rooftop skating rink and a 50,000 square foot digital attraction. Officials said that 5,000 Skydeck tickets will be given each year to Chicago schools. $100,000 will be donated to Project Pipeline, a program for young people.

Wacker Drive entry:
Willis Tower Building Wacker Drive entry

Renderings courtesy of Blackstone Group; by Equity Office

The project, which is spearheaded by the building’s owners the Blackstone Group L.P., will begin this month and end in the summer of 2019. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the project should create 2,500 jobs.

winter garden entrance:
Willis Tower Building winter garden entrance

Blackstone Group L.P. bought the tower, the world’s tallest until 1996, nearly two years ago with plans to improve its retail shops and 103rd-floor Skydeck observatory. The building defines Chicago’s skyline and hosts more than 1 million visitors annually.

southeast corner:
Willis Tower Building southeast corner

“No longer will this be an inaccessible fortress without amenities that does feel a bit desolate after 5 p.m.,” said Jon Gray, Blackstone’s global head of real estate. Blackstone is footing the renovation’s entire $500 million bill, which the company said is its largest investment ever in a building.

southwest corner:
Willis Tower Building southwest corner

The renovation includes 300,000 square feet of new retail including “dining and entertainment” at the base of the tower, as well as a new 30,000-square-foot outdoor deck.

Willis Tower Building landscape

Willis Tower Building exterior

office lobby interior:
Willis Tower Building office lobby interior

lobby interior:
Willis Tower Building lobby interior

source: Willis Tower Building Renovations

Willis Tower by Skydeck Chicago
photo : Skydeck Chicago

3rd tallest building in world at time of writing
Floors: 110-storey office tower
Client: for Sears, Roebuck & Company
Height: 1,450 ft

Willis Tower by Michiel van Dijk
photo : Michiel van Dijk

Sears Tower modernization and hotel
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Sears Tower Building
image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Sears Tower was the world’s tallest building for 25 years
Beaten in 1998 by the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
In 2004 Taipei 101 became the tallest building
The Sears Tower is however still tallest to the tips of the antennas: 1,725 ft

Sears Tower Building Chicago

Sears Tower architect : Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – SOM

The Property provides an exceptional unparallel West Loop location, unparalleled views from all of the property’s highly efficient floors and an unmatched prestige.

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East Antenna 253′ tall
West Antenna 283′ tall
12′ diameter at base

On top of each antenna there is a TLD (Tuned Liquid Dampener). Its purpose is to counteract the sway of the antenna from the wind.

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