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Height: Occupied
203.5 m / 668 ft
 
Height: To Tip
220.8 m / 724 ft
Height: Architectural
220.8 m / 724 ft
 
150 North Riverside Outline
Floors Above Ground
51
Floors Below Ground
1
# of Elevators
27
Top Elevator Speed
7.11 m/s
Tower GFA
136,010 m² / 1,463,999 ft²
Development GFA
136,010 m² / 1,463,999 ft²
# of Parking Spaces
72

Facts

Official Name 150 North Riverside
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Chicago
Street Address & Map 150 North Riverside Plaza
Postal Code 60606
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
Energy Label LEED GOLD
Proposed 2013
Construction Start 2014
Completion 2017
Official Website 150 North Riverside
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Regional Ranking #154 Tallest in North America
City Ranking #22 Tallest in Chicago

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Riverside Investment & Development
Architect
Design Goettsch Partners
Structural Engineer
Design Magnusson Klemencic Associates
MEP Engineer
Design Cosentini Associates
Main Contractor Clark Construction Group
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Shiner + Associates
• Civil Epstein
Façade Stutzki Engineering; Permasteelisa Group
• Landscape Wolff Landscape Architecture
• Lighting McCann Systems; One Lux Studio
• Property Management CBRE
• Vertical Transportation Jenkins & Huntington
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Elevator Schindler
• Steel ArcelorMittal

About 150 North Riverside

The 150 North Riverside site is located prominently at the confluence of the three branches of the Chicago River and less than one block away from one of Chicago's busiest commuter train stations. With exposed railroad tracks on the west side of the site and the city requirement for a public right-of-way on the east side, the remaining area on which to build was considered impossibly narrow, and the site sat undeveloped for decades.

Utilizing a unique core-supported structure with a very small footprint at grade, the design resolves the site challenges and provides a Class A office tower with efficient, column-free floor plates. The building’s unusual core-supported design results in a 221-meter tower resting atop a base that is merely 12 meters wide. The building is most noticeably significant for the narrow aspect ratio of its core; at 20:1 it is among the world’s thinnest. In consideration of this, the building also contains the first-ever application of a 12-tank tuned liquid mass damper (TLMD) at the tower’s top to manage both building drift and acceleration. With a total of 605,665 liters of water, the TLMD also provides city-approved fire protection storage tanks to supply the building’s sprinkler system, a creative dual purpose that is a Chicago first. The 16 sloping columns at the cantilevers feature the largest rolled-steel shapes ever used in a high-rise building in the U.S. The shapes are 1,092 millimeters deep and weigh 1,377 kilograms per meter.

This narrow building footprint accomplishes several strategic goals, in addition to facilitating column-free office space. It also creates a dramatic interior space in the lobby, while allowing for more than 75 percent of the property to be unenclosed outdoor space. The tower’s limited footprint and the angled sweep of its underside appear to usher the river past the site, breaking down the tower’s considerable mass and presenting a balanced composition.

Tenants and visitors enter through a dramatic, 27-meter-high lobby enclosed by a glass-fin wall hung from the structure above. The lobby features the “150 Media Stream,” a one-of-a-kind curated multimedia wall that showcases the work of local and other digital artists. The 46-meter-long, site-specific installation provides a lobby focal point while also addressing the transition between the opaque wall over the parking deck and the glass-fin wall above, using 89 LED blades, carefully choreographed in varying lengths and widths.

Building amenity spaces include a restaurant, bar, fitness center and conference center – all with water views. The condensed lobby and elevator cores open the majority of the 8,093-square-meter site as a landscaped public park, plaza and riverfront promenade.

Outside, the park and plaza provide more than 300 linear meters of seating, multiple assembly/event spaces and 110 meters of at-grade Riverwalk frontage, which has already become one of the most populated walkways for downtown commuters. Those who negotiate the grade change of the landscaped plaza on the west side of the tower find themselves in the unique position of being outdoors and at eye level with Chicago’s famous elevated train, without being in a station.
The structural acrobatics performance has paid off commercially as well as urbanistically, taking what was once deemed an unbuildable site and creating an optimal mix of leasable floor space, public outdoor space, and semi-public indoor space, complemented by custom-designed artwork.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH 2019 Award of Excellence Winners Announced
5 Dec 2018 – Awards Event

Five Minutes With: James Goettsch & Anthony Scacco
19 Nov 2018 – CTBUH News

CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Buildings with Dampers
22 Aug 2018 – CTBUH Research

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to 150 North Riverside

CTBUH 2019 Award of Excellence Winners Announced
5 Dec 2018, Chicago – Awards Event
These projects will be represented at the CTBUH 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, where they will compete in real time for winning distinctions in each category.
Five Minutes With: James Goettsch & Anthony Scacco
19 Nov 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
James Goettsh, Goettsch Partners, and Anthony Scacco, Riverside Investment & Development, sat down with CTBUH to discuss the drivers and challenges behind 150 North Riverside.
CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Buildings with Dampers
22 Aug 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH has released a Tall Buildings in Numbers (TBIN) interactive data study on the world's tallest buildings with dampers.
150 North Riverside Holiday Tour
16 Dec 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
As an annual tradition, CTBUH HQ staff are given a tour of tall building during their holiday celebrations. This year, the staff visited 150 North Riverside by Goettsch Partners.
Chicago Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Chicago and its architectural marvels. From recently constructed skyscrapers to the modern marvel of Willis Tower, which held the tallest title for 25 years.
EMI Lead Chicago Tall-Building Study Trip
25-29 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
A group of 20 Belgian real estate professionals traveled to Chicago from May 25-29 to visit several tall buildings, and related developments as part of a CTBUH Belgium study trip.

Videos

Five Minutes With: James Goettsch & Anthony Scacco
19 Nov 2018 – James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Anthony Scacco, Riverside Investment & Development

A Generous Public Domain at an Urban Crossroads
30 May 2018 – Anthony Scacco, Riverside Investment & Development; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners

Finding Tailored Solutions to Common Problems
3 Nov 2016 – Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

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Videos Related to 150 North Riverside

Five Minutes With: James Goettsch & Anthony Scacco
19 Nov 2018 – Monthly Video Series; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Anthony Scacco, Riverside Investment & Development
James Goettsch is the Chairman and Co-CEO of Goettsch Partners as well as the firm's design director, responsible for developing the firm's design talent and leading the…
A Generous Public Domain at an Urban Crossroads
30 May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall + Urban Conference; Anthony Scacco, Riverside Investment & Development; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
The 150 North Riverside site is located prominently at the confluence of the three branches of the Chicago River and less than one block away from one of Chicago's…
Finding Tailored Solutions to Common Problems
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
As Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Ron Klemencic has played an active role in shaping the direction of the structural engineering community. His…
Urban Open Space - A Tower in the Park and a Park in the Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
In urban centers dominated by tall buildings, access to outdoor space is important. We will explain how two urban office building developments provide valuable outdoor…

Browse hundreds of other videos from Council events including conferences and interviews with prominent tall building professionals in the Video Library

Research Papers

Steel and the Skyscraper City: A Study on the Influence of Steel on the Design of Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations

Urban Open Space - A Tower in the Park and a Park in the Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City


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