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Chicago - 333 West Wacker Drive
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© Christine Till
One of Chicago's first and most acclaimed postmodern skyscrapers, 333 Wacker Drive, is a 36-story green glass building known simply by its address.
Sitting at an awkward triangular lot where the Chicago river makes a sharp turn the building's facade is curved in a way so that it follows the river. It is bordered by Wacker Drive, Franklin and Lake streets, and marks the northwest corner of Chicago's "Loop". In 1984, shortly after its completion, 333 Wacker Drive earned the Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.
333 W. Wacker is much more than just another skyscraper dotting Chicago's skyline. It's a tribute to the river below, sky above and buildings all around. Sheathed in blue-green glass stretched taught across its curved facade, it appears to be an extension of the glistening green river below. It's almost as if the river has risen into a wall over the city - like a frozen tsunami. Whereas the river stretches out wide, open and curved, The Loop is quartered off and angular - the same is true of 333 W. Wacker. While the side of the building facing the river references the river in curve and color, the sides facing the city reference the city. 333 W. Wacker is shaped like a truncated triangle (or better yet, a piece of pie with a bite taken out of it). The Loop facing sides of the building follow the hard lines of the surrounding structures and elevated tracks. 333 W. Wacker is textbook contextual architecture.
The 487 feet (148 meters) tall 36-story structure was featured in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off as the building containing Ferris Bueller's father's offices, and In posters for the film "The Truman Show", the curved wall was portrayed in a photomontage as a giant television screen.
Since its completion in 1983, 333 Wacker Drive is one of the Chicago skyline's most celebrated buildings, and one of Chicago's most beloved skyscrapers. It was voted "Favorite Building" by the readers of The Chicago Tribune in 1995. Its timeless classic will continue to be a favorite of many for years to come.
January 26th, 2013
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