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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jun 27 12:35 AM

June 27, 2010: Aqua Tower

There's been all kinds of over the top skyscrapers being built everywhere, especially in the Middle and Far East.
But I like this one, in Chicago, most bestest.

The name reflects the nautical theme of the other buildings in the locality and you can see why, with the wave like balconies that give the tower an organic, almost living ambience. The terraces on the balconies are refined so that solar shading is maximized. Sustainability is a hugely important part of the structure, with energy efficient lighting and rainwater collection systems.
Skyscrapers are often seen to be an expression of, to put it politely, male prowess and there has always been a certain my skyscraper is taller than yours not so friendly competition. Perhaps the elegance and fluidity of this design is due to the fact that Gang is a woman as is at least half of the staff on her team.

lumberjim  Sunday Jun 27 01:20 AM

due to the fact that Gang is a woman
and if it falls over, it will be a Gang bang

gvidas  Sunday Jun 27 01:29 AM

I seem to recall that the design of the building also happened (by design or by chance I'm not sure) to reduce wind gusting, or something like that, so unlike most skyscrapers the balconies up on the 80th floors are useable.

SPUCK  Sunday Jun 27 06:24 AM

Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
and if it falls over, it will be a Gang bang

casimendocina  Sunday Jun 27 07:09 AM

From this perspective, it looks a bit Gaudi-ish, only built with more modern materials.

Shawnee123  Sunday Jun 27 09:45 AM

That is awesome!

Cloud  Sunday Jun 27 11:19 AM

Just beautiful. I'll bet that the reflections of the light, sunset, etc. and clouds as they move are spectacular.

Tick  Sunday Jun 27 03:22 PM

A giant puzzle for window washers

HungLikeJesus  Sunday Jun 27 03:28 PM

I think it was inspired by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park:

Cloud  Sunday Jun 27 09:26 PM

it reminds me of some kind of filter. What am I thinking of? air conditioning filter? fish filter? (puzzles on't)

Clodfobble  Monday Jun 28 12:03 AM

Car air filter, I'd imagine. The guys at the oil change places are always showing them to you, asking if you want to replace it, because they're hoping you don't know what a relatively dirty or clean one is supposed to look like.

Wombat  Thursday Jul 1 07:26 PM

Cuttlefish bone.

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