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Lake Point Tower

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 18 December 2017 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Lake Point Tower in Chicago was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s 1922 design for a glass-curtained skyscraper in Berlin. Schipporeit and Heinrich took van der Rohe's unbuilt office building concept and converted it to a residential building. Despite differences — Lake Point Tower is much taller than van der Rohe’s original project, more regular in form, and its exterior glass curtain wall is tinted — many consider it a Mies van der Rohe building executed by two of his protégés.

Because of its height and lakeside site, the skyscraper had to be designed to withstand high winds. At the center of the building is a triangular core, 59 feet wide, that contains nine elevators and three stairwells. This core holds all of the vertical weight of the building, allowing the perimeter pillars on the facade to be much smaller.

Radiating from the core are three arms that form an asymmetrical Y-shaped floor plan. The original four-armed design was changed to a three-armed design (120° apart). The outer walls are curved to prevent residents from seeing into other condominiums. The façade of the building is a curtain of bronze-tinted glass framed by gold-anodized aluminum, which reflects the sunlight off of Lake Michigan and looks golden.

Photo captured October 21, 2017.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 160 67 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Impressive and beautiful tower. I like colors of the sky

18 Dec 2017 5:12am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

So Beautiful!! I Love this ;)

18 Dec 2017 5:38am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Wowser! Lots of good information for this architectural beauty.

18 Dec 2017 5:55am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Sensational image and wonderful architecture.

18 Dec 2017 6:48am

Martine from Brest, France

Impressionnante par sa hauteur.

18 Dec 2017 7:12am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique !!!!

18 Dec 2017 7:12am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a view

18 Dec 2017 7:31am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

Nice view!

18 Dec 2017 7:59am

yo from Ile de France, France

Impressionnante ! Elle s'élance à la conquête des nuages !....

18 Dec 2017 8:29am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Really cool !

18 Dec 2017 9:16am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

nice

18 Dec 2017 10:30am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Impressive. Fine light reflection

18 Dec 2017 10:40am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle photo !

18 Dec 2017 10:46am

Devi from Chennai, India

wow !! A fabulous image here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

18 Dec 2017 11:05am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

Belle tour

18 Dec 2017 11:42am

Evelyne Dubos from Ouaga, Burkina Faso

Beautiful capture, i like the colors in the sky.

18 Dec 2017 12:25pm

Pascale MD from France

Impressionnante cette tour, et bien vu le soleil qui s'y reflète.
Bonne journée

18 Dec 2017 1:13pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The color of the sky and the light really enhances this view

18 Dec 2017 2:18pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

It's a beauty, and so is the portrait you made. Excellent image and details in the write up.

18 Dec 2017 2:48pm

willy from Belgium

une superbe photo de cette tour impressionnente Steven..

merci pour les explications intéressantes..

greetings

18 Dec 2017 5:24pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of this spectacular tower. A lot of thought went into its design.

18 Dec 2017 7:38pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Impressive.

18 Dec 2017 8:05pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors, lights & reflections!
wonderful architecture.

18 Dec 2017 8:07pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

That really is impressive .... I can't even imagine living on the top floor of this structure. I wonder how much one of the condos go for? It is amazing!!

18 Dec 2017 8:42pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Cool image !
Great!!

18 Dec 2017 10:25pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

beautifully done with that sun highlight perfectly placed

18 Dec 2017 10:36pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

That is such a spectacular building and a brilliant piece of architecture. I love the shape. A gorgeous image as it gleams in the sunlight. Wonderful narrative information.

19 Dec 2017 12:22am

Michael Rawluk from Canada

It sure does make a statement. Dominating.

19 Dec 2017 2:32am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

lovely subtle colors behind the skyscraper

19 Dec 2017 3:50am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Such a beautiful building - and I love your photo - with the pinky / purple sky and the sun's reflection!

19 Dec 2017 4:06am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The architect who designed this house was definitely thinking of a bottle that suits even the pocket.

19 Dec 2017 5:24am

London Caller from United Kingdom

A design inspired by fidget spinners?!
Ha ha.. They already had such gadget back then!

19 Dec 2017 12:54pm

Remus from Portugal

Beautiful warm light and colors. Lovely details.

19 Dec 2017 6:25pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image. Wonderful architecture. :)

20 Dec 2017 4:59am