Totaling over 1.9 million sf, Aqua Tower is an 82-story mixed-use high-rise that includes a hotel, apartments, condominiums, parking and offices. Among the building’s notable features is the green roof terrace atop its plinth—which at 80,000 sf is one of Chicago’s largest—and contains an outdoor pool, running track, gardens, fire pits and yoga terrace.
A series of contours defined by outdoor terraces extends away from the face of the tower structure to provide views between neighboring buildings. The terraces inflect based on criteria such as the view, solar shading and size and type of dwelling.
Early and close collaboration between architect and builder, as well as the use of contemporary digital tools, allowed the variation in the shape of the floor slabs to be achieved without increasing the building’s construction timetable. The result is a high-rise tower particular to its site that allows residents to inhabit the facade of the building and the city at the same time.
Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Location: Chicago, USA
Size: 1.9 million SF
Cost: $300M, on-time and on-budget
Unique Characteristics: Designed with undulating outdoor terraces with no two floors alike
Owner: Magellan Development Group
Status: Completed 2010
Services Provided by Studio Gang Architects: Design architect from concept through completion
LEED rating: targeted Silver