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BUILDING
 
 
77 West Wacker
United Building (R.R. Donnelley Building)
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DESIGNER
 
 
Ricardo Bofill

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DESCRIPTION
 
Ricardo Bofill 77 West Wacker ChicagoThe project for this 50-storey office block sought to favour the possibility of a panoramic view over the city, so that there is an evident predominance of glass on the façade while nevertheless avoiding the formulaic glass tower of arbitrary forms. The existence of the American tradition of skyscraper construction, with some especially attractive examples in Chicago, suggested the need to reestablish a dialogue between the classicism of stone and the high-tech of glass. The façade reveals a design of classical proportions which recalls Giotto’s campanile in Florence cathedral, divided into different levels linked together by columns. Particular attention has been devoted to the detailing and the appearance of the ground floor, the interior of which functions as an atrium, while the upper floors form a classically-proportioned temple on the roof.
The building as a whole expresses the desire to inscribe itself in the existing urban context and makes its own distinctive contribution to the Chicago skyline.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
Illinois
County
Cook
Town
Chicago
Neighborhoods
(32) Loop
Address
77 West Wacker Drive (North Clark Street)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Vertical architectures
Skyscrapers
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
1990 - 1992
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AWARDS
 
1992
Best Structure Award - Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
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THE BUILDING IN CINEMA
 
Title
  The Negotiator
Directed by
F. Gary Gray
Nationality
USA
Year of production
1998
Cast
Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, John Spencer, J. T. Walsh, Ron Rifkin, Paul Giamatti
Building's role
Considerable
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CLIENT
 
 
The Prime Group & Kemper Insurance Company
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Height
m. 203,6
Floors
49 aboveground
Surface
sq.m. 110,000
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STAFF
 
Associate architect
James DeStefano
DeStefano + Partners
Art intervention
Ricardo Bofill, sculpture “Twisted Columns”
Xavier Corberó, sculpture "Three Lawyers and a Judge"
Antoni Tapies, “Big Eyelids”
 
 
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