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Trump International Hotel And Tower Chicago
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© Christine Till
In 2009 real estate mogul and international showman, Donald Trump, added another icon to the Chicago city skyline: The Trump International Hotel and Tower.
The 92 stories / 415 meter skyscraper makes great use of its available space and manages to reach for the stars without stepping on the feet of other buildings in the area. Its setbacks pay homage to the Art Deco-era skyscrapers that made Chicago a living architectural museum. To its neighbors, it appears as an equal. That's because the first setback is at the same height as the cornice on the Wrigley Building, the second is the same height as Marina City, and the third is at the top of the former IBM Building across the street.
Trump Tower's reflective curtain wall in subtle hues of blue, silver, gray and white is a dazzling light catcher, providing a poetic, ever-changing palette for the sky and passing clouds. The wall’s vertical proportions, stainless steel fins and bands of louvers create an effective transition between the tower’s fine-grained modernism and the fine-grained traditionalism of the Wrigley. Its unique asymmetric shape gives the building a different appearance from each angle and changes constantly in profile as you move around it; if you don't like the looks of Trump Tower just walk a block and look again. Its handsome telescoping tower, reminiscent of the classic skyscrapers of the 1920s, is infinitely superior to the exposed-concrete condo towers, plunked atop parking podiums, that have disfigured Chicago's downtown in recent years.
A triumphant addition to the skyline: sleek, supple, and sophisticated, the Trump International Hotel and Tower respects the architectural wonders next door - the Wrigley Building, the Jewelers Building, and the Tribune Tower. It will stand out as a modern landmark that prominently highlights the Windy City's skyline like an architectural gem!
Well done, Mr. Trump.
January 1st, 2013
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