Aqua, 225 N Columbus
The Aqua Tower is located in Chicago’s New Eastside. To capture views the balconies are pushed outward by as much as 12 feet. The result is a building composed of irregularly shaped concrete floor slabs which lend the facade an undulating, sculptural quality.
The architect, Jeanne Gang, of Studio Gang mentions that striated limestone outcroppings are a common topographic feature of the Great Lakes region and were an inspiration for these slabs.The building consists of 50,000+ square feet of retail/office space, 200+ hotel rooms (floors 1-18), 476 rental units (floors 19-52), and 263 condominium units (floors 53-80). Carlson Hotels Worldwide opened the first Radisson Blu hotel in the United States on 18 vacant floors of the highrise.