Aqua

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Client

Magellan Development Group / Near North Properties

Size

82 stories / 2+ acre rooftop garden

 

Collaborators

Studio Gang (Design Architect)

Loewenberg Architects (Architect of Record)

Magnusson Klemencic Associates (Structural)

     

2018 Great Places Award, AIA Illinois

2010 Honor Award - Distinguished Building, AIA Chicago

2008 American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum

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Chicago, Illinois

 

This iconic mixed-use high-rise includes an 11th-floor amenity deck overlooking Millenium Park, Grant Park and Lake Michigan in Downtown Chicago. 

Our team led the design and construction detailing of the amenity deck and the roof garden spaces while collaborating closely with a multi-disciplinary team of architects and structural engineers. The sculptural quality of the building facade's vertical topography is recapitulated and transformed in the design of one of Chicago's largest roof gardens. 

The extensive landscaped garden areas cover the majority of the roof and are designed with undulating topography and strongly contrasting plants that appear more as graphic elements than as parts of traditional planting design. The roof garden provides extraordinary amenities for building residents and visitors, including a pool, cabanas, multi-purpose activity area, shelters, open terraces, barbeque stations, a fire pit, and sitting areas.  

 

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