Gallery: Jeanne Gang’s Green-Roofed Aqua Tower Ripples Up Towards the C...

The balcony overhangs do however serve a an environmental purpose. They not only shade apartments from the hot summer sun, but also protect the building from the force of wind - one of the most challenging aspects of skyscraper engineering. The undulating facade effectively mitigates the heavy Chicago winds, breaking them down to such a degree that thet building doesn’t require a tuned mass damper to stabilize it against wind vibrations and sway. And even if small for some units, every floor up to the 82nd can make claim to a balcony - something that usually cannot be done above sixty floors given heavy winds.

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