Chicago, Illinois, USA
As part of the development for an adaptive-reuse and renovation of Chicago’s historic Tribune Tower, developers CIM Group and Golub & Company are planning a second phase that will include a new tower nearly three times the height of the 1925 structure.
Designed by American Prize for Architecture laureates Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, plans call for a 113-floor hotel and apartment and condominium project.
Tribune Tower East, a 2-million-square-foot, $700 million structure that will replace a surface parking lot originally used by Chicago Tribune employees, will soar to 1,422 feet (433 metres) tall – just short of the city’s Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, which was completed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1973.
The new skyscraper as part of a larger scheme that includes an overhaul of the neighboring Tribune Tower and its surrounding buildings.
Tribune Tower West’s architects, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, are overseeing the redevelopment of Pioneer Plaza that attaches to Tribune Tower East.
Its glazed form, the new tower will become smaller at its top, with its north and south elevation facades gently curving inwards to create a crown.
The tower is quite slender by Chicago standards—partly due to a protected view corridor requiring landmarked Tribune Tower to remain visible from the Ogden Slip.
The east and west sides will have vertical bronze-colored metal fins designed to play off the Tribune Tower’s historic exterior.
The project aims to “engage in a harmonious dialogue” with the historic building, said a statement from the local developer Golub & Co.
Tribune Tower East is expected to open in 2025.
Architects: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Developers: CIM Group and Golub & Company