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Will the new Lakeshore East apartment tower block Aqua’s views?

by Joe Zekas on 5/16/11

Rendering of 345 E Wacker Dr Chicago

If you want to stay current on news about Chicago high-rise developments, the SkyscraperCity High-rise Development News forum is a must-visit. The forum is often the first place to break news about Chicago high-rises.

A hat tip to the forum for alerting me to this recent update on Lakeshore East’s “Building A” at The Chicago Architecture Blog, which provides quite a few new details on the project.

According to the Chicago Architecture Blog post, initial construction at 345 E Wacker Dr, in the form of soil sampling, could begin as early as this week. A fun quote:

There are a number of people who just recently shelled out big bucks to live in Aqua who are now trying to figure out if their views are going to be blocked by the new building. Though renters at The Tides are really the ones who will be most impacted by lost views, and massive construction noise.

You can see more renderings at the Brininstool | Kerwin | Lynch Web site.

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Sheridan B May 17, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Of course it will! I always wondered (I haven’t done the “due diligence” since I don’t care enough) whether or not Studio Gang took into account new construction blocking views – it seemed like their concept had a big fallacy in that regard, since it regarded the views as static at time of construction.


Craig July 1, 2011 at 3:49 PM

I don’t understand Sheridan’s comment at all; how on earth could Studio Gang control what got built later? You build a good building and hope for the best – but do notice that the Aqua Tower is placed on the one corner of it’s lot where the build-out was complete so that left as much distance as possible from the undeveloped portions, which was as much as they could do.


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