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I remember the old one had a "v4", so this is a 5.

Anyways, the two lobbies---the beige one and the 'crystal' one, which one is being built? Bit confused here.
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What an elegant building. Simple gorgeous. Dubai's sprawl has nothing on this in my opinion.
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Hi all.

- Chicago Fordham Spire - started 05 05 18 - 80 pages - 25posts/page.
- Chicago Fordham Spire 2 - started 06 03 17 - 1 to 45 pages - 25posts/page.
- Chicago Spire - started 06 09 12 - 45 to 80 pages - 25 posts/page.
Name was changed to Chicago Spire part way through the 80 page thread.
- Chicago Spire 2 - started 06 12 07 - 80 pages - 25 posts/page.
- Chicago Spire 3 - started 07 01 26 - 502 pages - 20 posts/page.
- Chicago Spire 4 - started 08 06 28.

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Is anyone going to do a time lapse of the entire construction of this building once it starts rising? Because that would be out of control.
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Hi all.

- Chicago Fordham Spire - started 05 05 18 - 80 pages - 25posts/page.
- Chicago Fordham Spire 2 - started 06 03 17 - 1 to 45 pages - 25posts/page.
- Chicago Spire - started 06 09 12 - 45 to 80 pages - 25 posts/page.
Name was changed to Chicago Spire part way through the 80 page thread.
- Chicago Spire 2 - started 06 12 07 - 80 pages - 25 posts/page.
- Chicago Spire 3 - started 07 01 26 - 502 pages - 20 posts/page.
- Chicago Spire 4 - started 08 06 28.

HA! I knew this was the 7th.
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^ Looks like this one is the 5th since Calatrava was announced for this site (spring/summer '05). Thanks for the research, Fury.
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Every Pic at the start of this thread (with the exception of 1, and that 1 is only of the base) is of the Spire design prior to September 27th 2007.

It's GREAT to show the evolution of the design, but if this is the case you would need to include a full Pic of the finished design, which this thread is lacking.

P.S. Just want new-comers here to see the full beauty of Calatravas baby, and what exactly is being built




EDIT:Here ya go...Full Pic of the final design released Sept 27th 2007 (Possibly add a gold tip on it, not clearified)...



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Every Pic at the start of this thread (with the exception of 1, and that 1 is only of the base) is of the Spire design prior to September 28th 2007.

It's GREAT to show the evolution of the design, but if this is the case at-least show a full Pic of finished design, which this thread is lacking.
the first photo is the same one being used in all advertising literature, and in the steppenwolf playbill advertisements.

It includes the higher ceiling heights for mechanical floors, and a more realistic glass rendering. It is by far the most up to date and accurate shot we have of the project under it's current design.
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the first photo is the same one being used in all advertising literature, and in the steppenwolf playbill advertisements.

It includes the higher ceiling heights for mechanical floors, and a more realistic glass rendering. It is by far the most up to date and accurate shot we have of the project under it's current design.
Umm, NO! The one I posted above your post is the correct one, look a little harder. It looks to be the same as the first, it is not. This was released by Calatrava/Shelbourne at "what was supposed to be" the launch of the sales center get-together on Sept 27th '07' (Sorry, was 27th, not 28th). I believe B'Vic was there as-well.

I also complained to "Glass Steel Stone" about this as-well, and the following day they had the correct Pic up. Please don't try to educate the educator!


P.S. I take-it the bridge they show in your "Most up-to-date" pic is being built as-well?
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Chicago Spire Fact Sheet


The Design:
• Designed by Santiago Calatrava with principal design team members including Perkins & Will (Architect of Record), Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineers) and Cosentini (Mechanical/Electrical Engineers)
• The Chicago Spire, rising 150 stories, is a private residential building of 1,193 homes
• At 2,000-feet (609.6m) tall, The Chicago Spire will be the world’s tallest exclusively residential building and the tallest building in the western world
• Each floor of the seven-sided building rotates on average 2.44 degrees between floor plates, giving The Chicago Spire its distinctive fluid appearance; the building turns a total of 360 degrees
• The lobby footprint is 15,220 sq. ft (1,413.98sqm)
• Base-to-height ratio approaches one to ten, making The Chicago Spire the most slender supertall building in the world
• It has 2,594,893 gross sq. ft (241,073sqm) of space from the ground level
• The exterior will be constructed of high performance glass and steel
• Spectacular 53 ft high (16.01m) transparent lobby featuring Calatrava’s breathtaking sinusoidal motioned maple ceiling
• Among its many engineering achievements, The Chicago Spire will have the world’s longest elevator run at 1,864 feet (568.14m):
- Elevators will transport all residents from the ground floor directly to their floor
- Average wait time for an elevator is 32.5 seconds (Low, Mid-Low and Mid-High Rise Groups – 35 seconds/High Rise Group – 30 seconds)
- 17 elevators (14 passenger elevators in four banks, three freight/fire elevators)
- Elevators employ the largest hoist machines available weighing 45,000 lbs (20.411 MT)
• The Chicago Spire will incorporate world-class sustainable engineering practices to meet Gold standard of LEED certification; LEED is a green building rating system providing a set of standards for environmentally-sustainable construction
- Rainwater recycled for landscaping treatments
- River water used for cooling
- Ornithologically-sensitive glass included to protect migratory birds
- Bike storage (for approx. 400 bikes)
- Planting and development of parkland
- Underground parking to reduce environmental impact and heat gain
- Intelligent Building and Energy Management System will be incorporated to provide efficient use of resource while optimizing comfort
- Waste storage and recycling management
- Outdoor air delivery will be monitored to maximize occupant comfort
- 15 percent more efficient than current energy regulations

The Residences:
• All 1,193 residences are designed by Santiago Calatrava; no two units are alike
• Extraordinary collection of suites, one-through-four bedroom homes including a Calatrava signature unit called a Gallery
- A Gallery is larger than a suite and reflects the full artistic vision of Santiago Calatrava
- Features custom-designed circular bed enclosure with sliding glass doors to provide a separate sleeping area
- Wood wall panels also cover sections of ceiling
• Unit square footage ranges from 534 sq. ft (49.61sm) to 10,293 sq. ft (956.25sm) – a duplex penthouse with 360 degree unparalleled views
• Prices will range from $750,000 USD to $40,000,000 USD
• With generous 10 ft (3.09m) ceilings and windows combining vertical and trapezoidal glass panels, residences will have breathtaking and unique views of the lakefront, skyline, city neighborhoods and four states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan)
• Residents will enter their home through a hardwood door, with door hardware designed exclusively for The Chicago Spire by Calatrava
• Materials have been chosen from a natural palette and include:
- Wide-plank herringbone hardwood floors
- Elegant granite
- Marble and onyx stone
- Crafted European cabinetry
- Integrated American and European appliances
- European plumbing fixtures

The Amenities:
• The amenities in The Chicago Spire are exclusive to residents only
• Located on floors five through seven and encompassing 45,603 total sq. ft (4,236.65sm) of space, the amenity program will establish a new standard for a distinctive lifestyle. Amenities include:
- Full concierge services
- Annular (ring-shaped) recreational and lap pool
- Cigar room and personal humidors
- Residents’ library
- Children and teen games area
- Private movie screening theater
- Business center and conference room
- Private dining rooms

The Site:
• Located on 2.2-acre site bounded by Lake Shore Drive, Ogden Slip, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, The Chicago Spire will be the focal point of Chicago’s skyline
• Approximately six-acre site plan designed by Santiago Calatrava incorporates DuSable Park; public park owned by the Chicago Park District in honor of Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the first non-Native American settler of Chicago
• One-acre landscape plaza along the river will be open to the public for residents and non-residents to enjoy

The Sales Center:
• Overlooking the building site, the sales center encompasses the entire 18th floor of the NBC Tower (455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive), with a total of 19,815 sq. ft (1,840.87sm) of space
• Expansive model space features two outfitted units – including the signature Calatrava Gallery with the distinctive circular bed enclosure
• Features original artwork by Santiago Calatrava
- Ceramic sculpture to serve as focal point of sales center entrance
- Early sketches and watercolors documenting the evolution and inspiration behind The Chicago Spire’s design
- Various sketch books
• Includes 900 sq. ft (83.61sm) of exhibition space and Calatrava Museum, which will showcase the architectural models of Calatrava-designed buildings and bridges including: The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Malmo’s Turning Torso and the Milwaukee Art Museum

The Sales Campaign:
• We are currently scheduling appointments to accommodate the exceptional interest in The Chicago Spire; contact 312.516.4800 to schedule a time to visit the sales center
• Global sales launch and first public offering to occur in Chicago on January 14, 2008 followed by events in 14 other world cities, including: Dublin, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, and New York

The Construction:
• Work commenced on-site June 26, 2007 with the first of 34 caissons
- Caissons are drilled 110-feet into bedrock
• The parking garage reaches seven levels underground with six floors (11.6 acres) of usable parking space
• Construction of the access ramps from lower Lake Shore Drive will begin Q4 2007
• It is anticipated The Chicago Spire will begin to rise from the ground Q3 2008
• Completion and occupancy expected to commence Q4 2011
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rental units at the spire? perhaps some of us can live there...

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=30002
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this lobby looks very small for such a huge building. i mean this is no normal appartment house...if you take 3 people per appartment you get ~3600 residents. thats a whole village in one tower. with only 2-3 doors.
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this lobby looks very small for such a huge building. i mean this is no normal appartment house...if you take 3 people per appartment you get ~3600 residents. thats a whole village in one tower. with only 2-3 doors.
Except probably 25% of the units will be occupied at any one time and the average number of people per apartment is probably 2, not 3. This isn't going to be a building full of nuclear families with 2 kids and a dog, for the most part.

What will rental rates be for a 1 bedroom, like $3-4K?
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Spire developer adds a new twist
By: Eddie Baeb June 28, 2008
The world's tallest residential tower is turning into rent-a-spire.

To boost condominium sales in the proposed Chicago Spire, Irish developer Garrett Kelleher is catering to investors by offering to rent out the high-priced units at a guaranteed 7.5% return for two years.

The "investor package" is an unusual ploy for a luxury condo project, where typically speculators are discouraged and rentals restricted because buyers balk at paying top dollar to live in a building with lots of short-term residents. Mr. Kelleher's Shelbourne Development Group Inc. is actively marketing the program overseas, where more stringent U.S. securities regulations do not apply.

"If we would try to introduce that at our building, oh my god, would our buyers be in an uproar," says Michael Schramm, a principal with Chicago-based Prism Development Co., which is building the Ritz-Carlton Residences at 664 N. Michigan Ave. "They just wouldn't accept it."

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chicago - spire - new twist - investor package - united statesSponsored by Shelbourne announced this month that it had sold more than 350 units, or about 30% of the 1,193 in the 2,000-foot-tall tower proposed for a site at 400 N. Lake Shore Drive. Roughly half of the buyers are from outside the United States, says Dominic Grace, head of residential development sales for Savills PLC, the British firm marketing the Spire.

About 400 of the smallest units are being sold with a promise by Shelbourne to pay buyers 7.5% of their purchase price for two years and then rent out the units. The offer "is of sufficient level to cover mortgage payments, annual real estate taxes and apartment service charges, ensuring the investor does not incur any costs in the first two years," according to a May 14 press release issued in South Africa.

The program is intended to bolster sales abroad because Mr. Kelleher believes those buyers have the greatest interest in the smallest condos, which start at $750,000 for a 550-square-foot unit, Mr. Grace says. No buyers have complained about the program, which isn't uncommon outside the United States, he adds.

"People are seeing this project in a different light," he says. "This particular detail isn't fazing anyone at all."

The investor package is "not being proactively offered" in the United States, a spokeswoman for the Spire says.

That's an important distinction, says Robert Chasnow, a real estate attorney at Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, D.C., who isn't familiar with the Spire's marketing. The Securities and Exchange Commission in 2002 said such programs are permissible if the developers don't outwardly promote them to the general public or even to prospective buyers.

Thomas Corfman contributed to this story.

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yes, you have all the facts of when they released what and what will be included, and who is who and all that jazz.

But, the super white rendering is not the most recent. Go to the official website

chicagospire.com/building/imagegallery

these are accurate up to date and much more realistic renderings of what a finished project will look like. Therefore I think it is appropriate to use an official rendering from their website as the first photo on this thread.

It's also a great website for eye candy and inspirational explanations of relatively mundane aspects of the building.
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new thread, sweet. I'm in.

^^ harry, what are the square holes for?
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new thread, sweet. I'm in.

^^ harry, what are the square holes for?
Somebody has started digging out the caissons that CASE put in, looks as if there will be no break in the work.
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Somebody has started digging out the caissons that CASE put in, looks as if there will be no break in the work.
Looks that way to me also. I wouldn't have expected this.
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