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Old Posted Jul 14, 2008, 12:17 AM
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it is one of my favourite buildings in the world... along with Jin Mao and Bank of China
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^^^ Look how tiny that boat looks against the skyline like that.

BTW I really like that shot Solarwind!
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Lovefest!!!

A classic. I remember a National Geographic article on the building a long time ago. I was amazed by the pool so high above the ground.
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Old Posted Jul 14, 2008, 8:29 PM
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Not my favourite building in Chicago, but the view from its obs deck is amazing
here's my small contribution from my trip (end of last October):







from Lincoln Park



From Oak street beach



From Ohio street beach



Near Wabash street

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Old Posted Jul 24, 2008, 9:09 PM
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Wow, I'd never heard this before:

"There was originally supposed to be two skyscrapers here, which is why it is called John Hancock Center. The second tower would gave been East of the first, but the developers could not wrest the land at 195 East Delaware Place away from the very private Casino Club. The developers sent a letter about the second tower to then-club president Doris Winterbotham. She ignored the letter and the development went forward with only one tower. The letter in question was found in Winterbotham's papers after she died, and was later publicized by the Chicago Tribune."

http://www.chicagoarchitecture.info/...ock_Center.php

We could have had our own version of the World Trade Center in Chicago.
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Old Posted Jul 25, 2008, 12:40 AM
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^The towers would have only been ~50 stories each. Bruce Graham, etc. literally just took the other tower where they couldn't build, and stacked it on top of the western one, making the 100 story behemoth we now know as JHC. Then Faz Khan busted out the megaframe concept, and the rest is history.
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Old Posted Jul 25, 2008, 4:46 AM
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ive heard of the two towerd john hancock center they put them together.
thats why now its office and residentail.
but it wouldent of looked as nice.
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I love how the masts/antennas on this building are so ridiculously tall.
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2008, 12:15 AM
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I love how the masts/antennas on this building are so ridiculously tall.
i know. they go higher then the roof of the sears tower!
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Old Posted Jul 30, 2008, 2:42 AM
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Obscure angle of the parking garage ramp! (I forgot I had this photo...from 1999)

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^^^I've always liked the ramp, but I can't imagine driving on it.
I'd vomit halfway up.
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Ah yes I remember seeing that now.
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^^^I've always liked the ramp, but I can't imagine driving on it.
I'd vomit halfway up.
it is quite the ride.
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^^^I've always liked the ramp, but I can't imagine driving on it.
I'd vomit halfway up.
Like driving up the Marina City ramps! Nausea and vertigo in one trip!
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Old Posted Aug 6, 2008, 10:16 PM
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i've always liked this building a lot more than sears tower.
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Old Posted Aug 8, 2008, 1:24 AM
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[From what I understand, there was concern about the X-bracing obstructing views from the residential floors - but apparently residents PREFERRED the units closest to the X-bracing - it's that iconic.
The developers originally did not want any cross bracing obstructing the highest (and most expensive) apartment units. Structurally, it would have been possible to terminate them at the 90th floor and build the top floors as a simple box frame.

Fazlur Khan somewhat exaggerated the structural benefits of the topmost brace in order to preserve continuity in the visual design.
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Old Posted Aug 28, 2008, 3:14 PM
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I just couldent love this building more.
Its twin antennas. The x's. The facade. Its just a great building!
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Lovefest!!!

A classic. I remember a National Geographic article on the building a long time ago. I was amazed by the pool so high above the ground.
The pool was featured in Poltergeist 3
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Old Posted Aug 28, 2008, 7:24 PM
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I just couldent love this building more.
Its twin antennas. The x's. The facade. Its just a great building!
Yea I think they should build more similar buildings, and of equivalent height.
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