Chicago Spire

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Height: Occupied
568.5 m / 1,865 ft
Height: To Tip
609.6 m / 2,000 ft
Height: Architectural
609.6 m / 2,000 ft
Chicago Spire Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
Tower GFA
85,470 m² / 919,991 ft²
# of Apartments


Official Name Chicago Spire
Structure Type Building
Status Never Completed
Country United States
City Chicago
Street Address & Map 400 North Lake Shore Drive
Postal Code 60611
Building Function residential
Structural Material steel/concrete
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2007

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Shelbourne Development
Design Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers
Architect of Record Perkins+Will
Structural Engineer
Design Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers; Thornton Tomasetti
Peer Review BuroHappold Engineering
MEP Engineer
Design Cosentini Associates; BuroHappold Engineering
Other Consultant
• Acoustics BuroHappold Engineering
• Civil BuroHappold Engineering
Façade BuroHappold Engineering
• Fire BuroHappold Engineering
• Foundation Case Foundation
• Geotechnical BuroHappold Engineering
• Life Safety BuroHappold Engineering
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.; RWDI

CTBUH Initiatives

Mine the Gap Competition
15 May 2010 – Event Report


A Monument to the World: Dubai Creek Tower
21 Oct 2018 – Santiago Calatrava, Calatrava International

Monthly Video: Turning Torso
15 Jan 2016 – Santiago Calatrava, Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers

Interview: Santiago Calatrava
12 Nov 2015 – Founder, Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers

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Fazlur Kahn Lifetime Achievement Medal: A Lifetime’s Engineering Collaboration
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Fire Engineering Supertall: A New Approach to Escape
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Research Papers

Debating Tall: A Supertall Future in the US?
27 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I

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