The skyline of Chicago can be seen as the timeline of skyscraper history, which started in 1885 with the Home Insurance Building. The Aqua Tower by Studio Gang is a highlight along this timeline, not just because of its height (at 250m tall) but also because of its sculptural condition. [paragraph break] The design was inspired by the striated limestone outcroppings common in the Great Lakes area. But the resulting sinuous shape is not a mere formal gesture, it is also a strategy to extend the views and maximize solar shading. Additionally, by looking at the plans we see a rational structure, true to the Mies legacy in the city.
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