Aqua Named 2009 Skyscraper of the Year

February 25, 2010

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Tuesday was a big day for one of Chicago’s newest skyscrapers, located at 225 N. Columbus in the Lakeview East development. The Aqua, a 82-story residential building was named 2009 Skyscraper of the year by Emporis, a firm that sells data about tall buildings and annually judges the best new projects. Second place went to O14 in Dubai, third place went to the Met in Bankok. Chicago Trump International Hotel & Tower finished 5th.

The Aqua was designed by Jeanne Gang, of Studio Gang Architechts. While this is her first hi-rise structure, Gang relied on principles she uses to design smaller buildings. Her philosophy is to focus on function first, then design a structure to fit that function and the surrounding environment.

The judges praised the building for its curvy design that changes depending on the angle of the view, and its eco-friendly features, including coated concrete to reduce heat-islands, balconies that strategically shade units during full-sun hours, and windows that deter birds from flying into them.

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