Chicago Buildings We Can All Take a Lesson To

Architects strive to incorporate innovative designs in order for their project to stand out above the rest. We can learn quite a lot from previous buildings that were winners as well as some that were losers. Let’s take a look at some of these structures that were constructed in the Chicago area.

Robie House

The Robie house by Frank Lloyd Wright is a forerunner in modern architecture. It is truly a masterpiece carved in Prairie style. Lloyd had an amazing idea by giving the entire building a unique look, creating a horizontal roofline, a wide living space in the center and overhanging eaves. Established in the year 1910 and located in 5757 S Woodlawn Ave, this house has captured the hearts of many people since its construction was completed.

Aon Center

Next in the list of beautiful buildings comes the Aon Center. Established in 1974 by Edward Durell Stone and Perkins and Will, it was the world’s tallest marble clad building having 43,000 slabs of Carrara marble.  In addition to this, it was considered the 4th tallest building in the world after its completion. Even though the design was really amazing, the façade soon started to collapse.

Aqua Tower

After the efforts of many men architects, a woman from a team of women architects, Jeanne Gang from the Gang Studio, designed a beautiful building in 2009, now known as the Aqua Tower. Its rectangular look gives it an entirely unique and splendid look. Also, the amenities used in making the building integrate the terraces in a sculptural form.

Sears Tower

When Skidmore completed this building in 1973 in South Wacker Drive in Chicago, it was one of the tallest buildings on Earth. The tower held that position till the best part of 25 years. This tower is amazing as you get to see a 360O view of Chicago from the top of the tower. If you want to enjoy the beautiful view of Chicago, the Sears tower is a must visit.

Marina Towers

Created in 1964 by Bertrand Goldberg, the Marina Towers are a bit complex and are famous for having identical floor plans and an iconic corn cob. Having all commercial and residential units, Marina Towers was designed as a self contained town.

These buildings by famous architects are just a few though as the list is never ending. If you want to know more interesting information about architecture, stay tuned for more from us!  

Aon Center

Aon CenterMr. Philipson likes to call it the ‘Silent Giant’, as the Aon building has been around since 1973, but never attracted the fame that some of its rival Chicago skyscrapers had received; namely, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the John Hancock Tower.  All three built between 1973 and 1974.  The Aon has not been mentioned much in the trade magazines or articles, compared to the amount of articles discussing the other skyscrapers.

It is currently the third tallest building in Chicago, after the Willis Tower and the new Trump Condominium; however, in the early 1970s, before the Asia skyscraper market took off, it was the tallest in Chicago and the fourth tallest in the world.

The Aon building stands 1,136 feet high and still ranks among the 25 office buildings in the world to reach over 1,000 feet. With its marble facade, It became the world’s tallest marble-clad building, containing 43,000 slabs of Italian Carrara marble, but it was determined that the marble panels were too thin to withstand extreme temperatures, so the entire building’s facade was reclad in the early 1990s, using Mount Airy white granite at cost of over $80 million.

The building design reflects the ‘straight up and down’ style that was prominent in the 1960s and 1970s. It provides no setbacks, no spires, no atriums nor any other aesthetic design, but it does carry some appeal with its powerful looking granite curtain wall facade that stretches 83 floors.

With that said, the Aon building does add significantly to the Chicago skyline.