Some great designs in there. I would love to see that KPF tower (301 S. Wacker) get built. Unfortunately, every other
article that I can find about that building shows it as a far more bland box and doesn't mention KPF. The base seems very Goettsch in its openness, which wouldn't be the worst thing from a pedestrian level. Those are all pretty outdated articles though and I trust Crain's as a source so maybe the architect was switched to KPF to try to garner some interest. I just feel like hiring a firm like KPF for your tower is the sort of thing one would try to get some coverage of; maybe do a few press releases.
Originally Posted by markh9
I read something equating SCB's glass slabs to 'glass tombstones' a week or two ago, and I can't get that comparison out of my head now...especially as it relates to 435 N Park.
But, more to the point, I shot this a few months ago. Can't wait to get a similar angle once the new tower is T/O'd.
The texture of the city streets, the fire escapes and then that gorgeous deep blue glass of legacy in the background is amazing. I've never noticed the way it responds and contrasts to its location from this angle; I've only ever noticed it from the "clean" city streets to its west and Millenium Park or LSD to the east. From the east it appears so slender that it almost disappears into the skyline, yet still towers elegantly above the early skyscrapers it owes patrimony to.And from the west it is a curvaceous and assorted grouping of offset shapes at varied setbacks to make such height so far east feel less imposing. And the way that this modern slab of glass shoots up over the pockmarked and puddle filled streets interrupting the rhythm of the ancient and old byways just speaks to the fact SCB can
do a good job. I like a lot of their smaller projects. I just wish they would build all of their towers with as much care as this instead of pulling out the box of toy blocks I imagine they use for massing models. Its almost sad that this view will be lost once that SCB box goes up in the middle of the view in a few months. Almost.