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Chicago Aqua Tower

Photographer: Magda Biernat

Architect/Designer: Studio Gang Architect

Client: Studio Gang Architect

Location: Chicago, IL

Shoot Date:
March 19, 2012
Aqua is an 86-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago. Designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, the building is the tallest in the world to have a woman as lead architect, at 859 ft (262 m). It includes one level of parking below ground. The building's eight-story, 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) base is topped by a 82,550 sq ft (7,669 m2) terrace with gardens, gazebos, pools, hot tubs, a walking/running track and a fire pit. Each floor covers approximately 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2).[3] The Aqua was named the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009 skyscraper of the year[4] and was shortlisted in 2010 for the biannual International Highrise Award.
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