Close to a month since our last update, and progress at 110 North Wacker Drive has moved steadily along. The 56-storey office tower has climbed several floors higher, with the structure's fluted glass cladding keeping pace.
Already a neighbourhood - and skyline - fixture, the Goettsch Partners-designed office tower has quickly become part of the local streetscape. Covered in a smooth skin of "fluted" glass - with a series of vertical, 5-foot deep indentations added to provide numerous "corner" offices - 110 North Wacker Drive is highly recognizable.
Furthering its iconic status, the decision to partially support the outer, riverfront edge of the structure upon a network of "W" shaped columns, as a way of retaining the civically-mandated, 45-foot allowance, has made for a unique silhouette. Making way thus for the city's famous riverfront path system, the columns will allow for pedestrians to walk, run, and relax beneath 110 North Wacker Drive's large, overhanging entryway.
Having replaced the Mid-Century Modern, 1950s-era, General Growth Building, 110 North Wacker Drive will be a fine addition to the city centre. Developed by the Howard Hughes Corporation and Riverside Investment and Development, the 244-metre, 1.77 million sq. ft. office block will soon bring hundreds of daily workers and support staff to the heart of Chicago's bustling downtown core.
SkyriseCities will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.