Haven't posted here in a while, but I just did a new search on the EGWW kickoff, and this board came up. I did the renderings for the EGWW project, and hopefully I can clear a few things up:
My understanding is that the design shown in the new rendering is pretty much what gets built. The new vertical rod system is a series of very thin (about 2" thick) aluminum rods, painted green with an anodized, matte finish. (not translucent, just very thin and lots of them) Every two floors, the rod pattern overlaps and in perspective start to blur together. This effect can be seen more clearly in the large rendering.
Vines will be planted at the base of the rods, and are expected to grow to a height of 40-50 feet above the street. Above that will be rods only.
A lot more trees are being planted in front of the west elevation with the new configuration so not as much of the first two floors are visible in the rendering.
No, the Justice Center is not changing. Jim Cutler specifically asked me to darken it in the new version of the rendering so that the northernmost fin grouping will stand out in the view as much as possible. If you look closely you can see that I changed the time of day in the two views - the first is early morning, so that the Justice Center will be catching glancing sunlight. In the second view, it's late morning (more like 11-12) and EGWW is casting a shadow on the Justice Center.
They also requested that all cars visible in the scene are American - apparently the Smart Car was not domestic enough. On Morrison is a Volt and of course up close is a hybrid Focus.
The curtain wall behind the rods is a cool, dark green continuous glass facade. The intent is for the bulk of the skin to mimic the One Main building nearby but with a green cast. A system of vertical fins (similar to those on the west) and horizontal louvers are added to the south skin to reduce solar gain & glare. Hard to read in the small version - check out the big one and it should make more sense.
The designers actually felt that the first version of the roof was too simple (boring) and so changed the structural system to allow for a pair of additional I-beam extensions to overrun the roof at each beam.
Here is a link to a bigger version of the new rendering:
And here is a link to a VERY large version of the new rendering:
Here is a link to a VERY large version of the original rendering:
Here is a VERY large version of the aerial rendering of the original design:
And here is a "making of" slideshow that I put together showing the process of constructing the rendering:
Hope that helps - if you have any questions, you can contact me and I will be checking the board for any new messages. Thanks!