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

The tower was actually first designed as a hotel, but ailing economic factors required the building to be turned into a apartment complex. As such, the building hosts expansive views of the city, Millennium Park, and it's inspiration, sparkling Lake Michigan. The building also maintains a swimming pool, sky gardens, running tracks, open-air hot tubs, a library and a billiard room. The tower's garden roof is actually one of Chicago's most extensive. Gang's love for avian also found its way into the design. The architect paid close attention to how birds navigate in urban environments and react in the face of different materials. The complex facade design helps birds pick up on irregularities in their path, signaling for them to avoid the building.

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