Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Chicago Spire

One bit of construction I am very exited about is America’s new skyscraper, the Chicago Spire. At over 150 floors tall, it will be the largest skyscraper in the U.S..

But it’s not just its size that makes it inspired, it’s the design; it is simple design, but eloquent and colorful; it will certainty provide strong contrast to Chicago’s now dominant Sears Tower.

Supposedly, the building is going to be almost 100 percent residential; in a city already known for its high-rise-apartments (unlike the New York, in which rent control and other policies have stunted the city’s height and quality) this building will fit right in. I also like the fact that it’s a completely private venture.

I expect, once completed, this building will become the symbol of the city: the same way the Space Needle is to Seattle; the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco; and how the trade towers used to be to New York.

I can’t wait for it to be finished.


  1. This is a great project, but it will never be the world's tallest, even for a short time. It may become the world's tallest all-residential skyscraper, but this label is somewhat disingenuous, as Burj Dubai will be 90% residential, and about 10% hotel.

  2. Ah, thanks for the info, I'll correct that mistake.

  3. Ah, thanks for the info, I'll correct that mistake.