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tommaso Aug 5, 2009 3:07 AM

Love shall prevail!:banana:

jcchii Aug 5, 2009 3:24 AM

Tribune is reporting sources saying United is moving in

Starsky Aug 5, 2009 8:31 AM


Originally Posted by tommaso (Post 4390455)
Why is this opportunistic developer hijacking the public space surrounding the Sears Tower?!!! ... because this ungentle gentleman has the land and property rights to do so! I say no thank you to unjust justice! There is no reasonable reason why the Sears Tower should change anything period! ... other than the fact that the person(s) who control the rights to this land and this property control this precious land and property! The developer is morally bankrupt! The public is morally ethical! Shame unto those who crave shamelessness! Power! Power! Power! The People are powerful! The People shall prevail! Long live the People! Our spirit shall last forever! Your building's body is merely material! Our spirit shall last forever!

Are you serious? I mean you have a smily, but I can't tell which part is a joke or not.

Tom In Chicago Aug 5, 2009 4:38 PM

Posting while drunk should be a punishable offence :rolleyes:

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skybuilder Aug 5, 2009 8:54 PM

united airlines is going to occupy 450,000 square feet of willis tower.

scalziand Aug 6, 2009 2:07 AM


Originally Posted by Tom In Chicago (Post 4391205)
Posting while drunk should be a punishable offence :rolleyes:

. . .

Unless it's in the drunken thread I suppose:drunk:


Originally Posted by skybuilder (Post 4391631)
united airlines is going to occupy 450,000 square feet of willis tower.

I wonder if that's enough to get the naming rights?

bnk Aug 6, 2009 7:25 PM

Now that UAL officially made the move. Damn I would much have perfered United Tower.... I am sure UAL will take on more space than Willis without looking into the details of each transaction.

Rizzo Aug 6, 2009 8:16 PM

I'm all for architecture being symbolic, sculptural, iconic, etc. But this hotel proposal seems one of many others as a standard to look like the assortment of objects you find in my medicine cabinet.

I'm okay with this proposal, but easily bored by it. The design seems rather predictable and I don't think it plays well with the Sears Tower for being on the same block. I'm not saying the hotel shouldn't be completly different from Sears, but the juxtaposition of both structures from either street level or above should be memorable. Think about this historic water tower or the church near JHC and how many people photograph these two structures against one another. In short, I guess I was expecting something a bit more original and appealing from Adrian Smith.

Wow, said more than I wanted to. :)

Lecom Aug 11, 2009 2:50 PM

^If anything, I like how the design is classy yet subdued - it doesn't draw attention to itself by being either too pretty or too ugly. It's a well-done contextual building - just the type of thing you'd rather have rising next to a landmark.

new.slang Aug 18, 2009 1:21 PM

stupid idea to put a hotel...looks crammed and awkward.
the building is nice though

jcchii Aug 18, 2009 4:21 PM

I wonder if United moving there gives a little boost to the hotel plan (business travelers etc)

brian_b Aug 18, 2009 6:01 PM

I'm pretty sure that the original plan for the Sears Tower included a hotel at this location, so I don't see the problem. The Sears Tower was extremely modern when built; this hotel will be extremely modern when built.

DetroitSky Aug 20, 2009 2:06 AM

Hmm...not bad!

sentinel Sep 7, 2009 8:05 PM

model located in the Santa Fe building lobby, adjacent to the massive, recently installed Chicago central plan model
some images of the downtown model

photoLith Sep 7, 2009 9:56 PM

I really hope this sweet building gets built. Its just so futuristic looking.

Rail>Auto Sep 8, 2009 1:51 AM

Were there ever any renderings released of what Willis Tower would look like if painted silver. I'm curious to see what it would look like.

ardecila Sep 8, 2009 6:32 AM

^^ Oops... looks like a tornado hit Sears' Franklin St portico.

sentinel Sep 8, 2009 2:08 PM


Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 4445198)
^^ Oops... looks like a tornado hit Sears' Franklin St portico.

A sexy tornado! :D
To answer your question Rail, I didn't see any renderings of the the re-vamped Willis Tower paintjob.

Nowhereman1280 Sep 8, 2009 2:25 PM

^^^ There was one where some guy at the Tribune or something used photoshop paintbucket to just paint it silver, but it wasn't official.


Here it is:

Its from the Sun-Times, not Tribune.

uaarkson Sep 10, 2009 3:01 AM

A silver re-clad is the only change I could get behind.

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