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Facts

Official Name Aqua
Other Names Aqua Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Chicago
Street Address & Map 225 North Columbus Drive
Building Function residential / hotel
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2004
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2009
Official Website Magellan Development
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Global Ranking #187 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #39 Tallest in North America
National Ranking #35 Tallest in United States
City Ranking #10 Tallest in Chicago

Companies Involved

Owner Aqua Realty Holdings LLC
Developer Magellan Development Group
Architect
Design Studio Gang Architects
Architect of Record Loewenberg Architects
Structural Engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates
MEP Engineer Abbott Industries, Inc.; Advance Mechanical; Gurtz Electric Company
Main Contractor James McHugh Construction Co.
Other Consultant
• (not specified) EFCO Corporation
Material Supplier
• Concrete AMSYSCO
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company

About Aqua

Unlike a tower in an open field, new towers in urban environments must negotiate small viewing corridors between existing buildings. In response to this, the Aqua Tower is designed to capture particular views that would otherwise be unattainable. A series of contours defined by outdoor terraces extends away from the face of the tower structure to provide views between neighboring buildings. The terraces inflect based on criteria such as the view, solar shading and size and type of dwelling. When viewed together, these unique terraces make the building appear to undulate, presenting a highly sculptural appearance that is rooted in function. See Project Case Study

CTBUH Initiatives

Study on Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Location
Jan 2014 – CTBUH Research

Tongji University Faculty and Students Visit Chicago
Oct 2013 – Tour Report

Young Professionals Hosts Meeting at the 2012 Awards Symposium
17 Oct 2012 – Event Report

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to Aqua

Study on Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Location
Jan 2014, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH is conducting a research study aimed at understanding the contributing factors of “sustainability” in both urban and suburban contexts.
Tongji University Faculty and Students Visit Chicago
Oct 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
“Towards Zero Carbon,” a collaborative design studio between Tongji University, CTBUH and the Illinois Institute of Technology, made a week-long visit to Chicago in November.
Young Professionals Hosts Meeting at the 2012 Awards Symposium
17 Oct 2012, Chicago – Event Report
Exactly one year after its establishment the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee gathered at the Awards Symposium on October 18 at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Climbing the Coast: Tour Report of New Chicago Skyscraper
23 Jul 2012, Chicago – Tour Report
With only two floors left before topping out, the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee organized a tour last week of the Coast at Lakeshore East.
Young Professionals Committee Holds Inaugural Event
3 Apr 2012, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH’s newly-established Young Professionals Committee staged their first event, a multi-disciplinary presentation on the creation of Aqua, the landmark Chicago tower.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009
Dec 2009 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Trump International Hotel & Tower named tallest building completed in 2009; Successful year for the American high-rise. Over half of all buildings 200m or taller completed in the past twelve months…
Aqua Tour
20 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
Close to 60 attendees of the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference began their conference experience with a two-hour technical tour of the recently completed Aqua Tower.
CTBUH Chicago Helicopter Tour
4 Jul 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH members toured many of the extensive Chicago skyscrapers as part of the Chicago Skyscrapers Summer Tour Program.
CTBUH Summer Tours - Aqua Tower
18 Jun 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
The crown jewel of Chicago’s Lakeshore East master planned community, Aqua Tower, was the subject for the second in the series of CTBUH Summer Tours.
CTBUH Aqua Tower Tour
16 Dec 2008, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH staff had the great opportunity to receive an educational tour of the Aqua Tower guided, by Jim Loewenberg of Magellan Development Group.

Global News

Aqua Doppel-Gang-er Sprouting in Houston
1 Oct 2013 – Houston

Videos

Embodied Carbon and the Case for Longevity
18 Sep 2012 – Donald Davies, MKA

Architecture and Engineering as One
Oct 2011 – Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Interview: Aqua Tower
20 Oct 2010 – Jim Loewenberg, Magellan Development; Bruce Lake, McHugh Construction

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Videos Related to Aqua

Videos Related to Aqua

Embodied Carbon and the Case for Longevity
18 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Donald Davies, MKA
The sustainability and longevity of today’s tall buildings is an often-neglected subject. Embodied carbon can be used as a metric for making important decisions regarding…
Architecture and Engineering as One
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Integrating and even celebrating the structure of a building through the architectural design often leads to dramatic and memorable buildings. To achieve the best outcome…
Interview: Aqua Tower
20 Oct 2010 – 2010 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews ; Jim Loewenberg, Magellan Development; Bruce Lake, McHugh Construction
Thursday 21st October 2010. Jim Loewenberg of Magellan Development and Bruce Lake of McHugh Constrcution are interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2010 CTBUH Awards…
Materials Process and Tools: Towards the 'Particular'
24 Oct 2006 – Presentation at CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang
Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects focuses on technology’s role in the design process for the Aqua tower at the CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held in the Herman Hall,…

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Research Papers

CTBUH Research Project: The Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Locations – Initial Report
15 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009
Dec 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue I

CTBUH Awards

Best Tall Building Americas 2010 Finalist
CTBUH Awards 2010