Location: Chicago, Il, USA
Client: The Prime Group Inc.
Total area: 110,000 (sqm)
Anchored on the Chicago River embankment this 50-storey office building represents a climactic milestone in the works of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. It was designed in a “Modern Classical” style using Portuguese Royal white granite and silver-grey glass curtain wall.
The American tradition of skyscraper construction, with some especially attractive examples in Chicago, suggested the need to establish a dialogue between the classicism of stone architecture and the high-tech glass buildings. The result is a façade that reveals a design of classical proportions, which recalls Giotto’s campanile in Florence Cathedral, divided into different levels, linked by columns. A classically-proportioned temple...