greyscale proposes a floating tower to replace the never built chicago spire
 

greyscale proposes a floating tower to replace the never built chicago spire

the site of the chicago spire was initially planned for a 2.000 ft high tower, however, due to the financial collapse of 2008 the, construction was halted and left incomplete — all that remains is a massive hole along the lake michigan shore. among multiple other proposals on how to fill it, new york-based studio greyscale designs a cross-plan tower standing on an underground trunk.

greyscale proposes a floating tower to replace the never built chicago spire

 

 

based on the site and program, the building implements a range of structural and organizational solutions that reference the nearby iconic skyscrapers. greyscale’s tower is designed as a sectionally varied volume that maximizes natural ventilation and completes the cities skyline along the waterfront.

greyscale proposes a floating tower to replace the never built chicago spire

 

 

located above the existing cavity, the tower ‘floats’ above the site forming an inverted relationship between building and ground. a ramped parking structure integrates with the tower podium connecting to the nearby lakeshore drive overpass. the tapering double-layered glazed facade defines the outer shape of the tower while the alternating atriums create a patterned expression along the facade. these enclosed elevated rooms provide public function while utilizing passive cooling strategies for thermal insulation and open-air movement throughout the building.

greyscale proposes a floating tower to replace the never built chicago spire

greyscale proposes a floating tower to replace the never built chicago spire

 

greyscale proposes a floating tower to replace the never built chicago spire

 

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edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • The original Chicago Spire was supposed to be 2000 feet. Not 150.

    Nick V says:

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