'the chicago spire' by santiago calatrava 'the chicago spire' by santiago calatrava
jun 08, 2008

'the chicago spire' by santiago calatrava

 

architect santiago calatrava is currently working on the chicago spire, a massive 600m skyscraper that will dominate the chicago skyline when it is complete in 2011. the building will have 150 floors featuring around 1,000 residences and will be the second tallest building in the world. unlike other tall buildings which are multi-functional the project will be an all residential building.

 

the chicago spire santiago calatrava designboom
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the twisting design of the chicago spire was inspired by nature, as most of santiago calatrava’s work is. particular influence was drawn from the spiralling shape of snail shells. each floor is rotated 2.44 degrees from the one below it, totaling 360 degrees. sustainably speaking, the building is planned to receive a gold LEED rating.

the apartments that are found in a building of this monumental stature are definitely not cheap. indeed, rent prices range between 750,000 and 40 million USD.

the chicago spire santiago calatrava designboom the panoramic  view from floor 140 view from the ground level

the facade looks like a twisting spire


the structure would accommodate around 1,000 residents

sketches  by santiago calatrava: working through the conceptual design

sketches by santiago calatrava: details of the facade

 
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  • Calatrava always seems to inpire me by bring out the articulate forms in an abstract composition from significant ‘meaning’ behind architecture. This is architecture to me.

    Omar Mustafa (CSA/Jamaica) says:
  • yeah this could be architecture… for a magazine like this it really works… then we could ask Santiago Calatrava about the massive floods of the science fair that he made in valencia a few years ago, or about his little bridge in venize, which has to be under supervision 24h a day cause its strange movements… that’s also important in architecture

    anonim says:
  • Your story is difficult to read without capital letters. I wouldn’t do that in the future. The stuff itself is cutting edge, the copy doesn’t need to be. thanks, I mean Thanks.

    mike sonnenfeld says:

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