Buildings and Structures of Chicago 2016

Buildings and Structures of Chicago 2016

During a very brief trip to Chicago this summer I could not help but notice the beautiful structures and designs found in this amazing city. This is something I did not notice on my first trip to the city a few years ago. Buildings like the Chicago Culture Centre, Civic Opera House, Aqua Tower, John Hancock Center and yes even the Trump tower were a sight to behold. I’ve realized that Chicago city is one of those cities where every building you look at seem to have an amazing history behind it and is telling you a different story

Five of my favourite landmarks of Chicago

1.The Chicago Culture Center

The Chicago Culture Center is one of the most visited attraction in Chicago .It was first built in 1897 as a public and converted into the Chicago Culture Centre in 1991. According to their website it was designed by the top architects and craftsmen. They used rare imported marbles, polished brass, fine hardwoods, and mosaics of Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored stone, to create an architectural showplace. The south side of the building, the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,00Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored stone, to create an architectural showplace. Located on the south side of the building0 pieces of glass ― was restored to its original splendor in 2008. On the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with some 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy & Millet. Every year, there are lots of free international, national, regional and local artists, musicians and performers, providing a showcase where the public can enjoy and learn about the arts. This building was chosen because of it’s beauty.

Information found on City of Chicago website

Photographs by Joelle Cowie


2. Millennium park and the Cloud Gate (The Bean)

Millennium park is a popular tourist attraction in Chicago that is home to the Bean, Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Beautiful gardens. The Cloud Gate (the Bean) was designed by sculptor Anish Kapo that reflects the sky the Chicago skyline and “lets the viewer become part of the art or stand back and let the simple act of walking, turning, or even just swaying change the visual presented by the sculpture. ”

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is an outdoor Amphitheatre in the Chicago designed by architect Frank Gehry. The Pavilion itself offers an incredibly unique design, brought together by . The Amphitheatre has a capacity of 11,000, offering a great atmosphere when seeing live shows!

This Park was chosen because of its famous structures and beautiful gardens

Information found here about the Bean

Information about the Jay Pritzker Pavilion here

Photographs by Joelle Cowie

the flowers at Millennium park

3. Aqua Tower

The Aqua Tower is a residential skyscraper that was inspired by the natural environment. it was completed in 2009 by Jeanne Gang. “From a distance you notice the texture of the undulating balconies (or waves) and the ‘pools’ of reflective glass that do look like water. But Aqua is unique among skyscrapers because the best view is close-up, just across the street, looking up at those concrete balconies that appear soft, like marshmallow outcroppings. Studio Gang broke the mold with this design, without breaking the bank with its construction costs.”Pris Mims, CAF Docent Class of 2000.This Building was chosen because of its distinctive features.

Quote taken from Chicago Architecture Foundation

Photographs by Joelle Cowie

4.Civic Opera House

Built in 1929 by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. This is a throne-shaped 49-story skyscraper that is home to the internationally renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago. This building was chosen because of the stories that are told surrounding the purpose and design of this building.


5.John Hancock Center

The skyscraper has a distinctive X brace in the outside. built in 1970 by structural civil engineer Fizzler Khan and chief architect Bruce Graham.This is one of the engineering techniques which the designers used to achieve a record height (the tubular system is the structure that keeps the building upright during wind and earthquake loads). This X-bracing allows for both higher performance from tall structures and the ability to open up the inside floorplan. This building was chosen for its distinctive features and height

Information found here

Photographs by Joelle Cowie



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