The marvelous Aqua Tower in Chicago, USA is claimed to be the tallest building in the world designed by a female architect whose name is Jeanne Gang. However, height is not what it is famous for as there are good number of other buildings around the world that are taller than this one. It is the unique and stunning appearance of the structure that makes it stand way apart from the rest.
The 82-storied mixed used building that houses residential, rental and commercial space besides host of other facilities and amenities, has won plenty of awards besides being awarded the “Skyscraper of the year” award in 2009. The approximately quarter of a kilometer tall building hosting little less than 2 million sq. ft. of floor area was completed at a cost of $300 million.
It’s mind catching external appearance, which is a combination of undulating features and aesthetically glazed surfaces, resembles greatly a wavy surface with occasional pools of acumulated water shining here and there. Whatever the interpretation is, it is creativity at it’s best indeed.
It is said that while designing the external appearance of the skyscraper it too was ensured that the building is migratory bird-friendly and the birds do not end up colliding the tall structure. Some of the formwork used to achieve the smooth undulations were reportedly guided by a GPS. Each one of the large number of balconies in the building is different from another one.