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

Situated along Chicago's The Loop, the Aqua is a distinct construction that sits amongst a slew of standard glass boxes. The building takes a form inspired by Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, which is manifested on its facade of rippling balconies on
 
Situated along Chicago's The Loop, the Aqua is a distinct construction that sits amongst a slew of standard glass boxes. The building takes a form inspired by Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, which is manifested on its facade of rippling balconies on its surface. The ripples however are not random and were a carefully calculated addition that found many challenges with their integration. Each floor plate in Aqua is unique, ultimately making the construction of the building quite complicated. The inconsistent floor plates also created variations in unit sizes - while some people may have a balcony up to 12 feet wide, others find just inches extending from their feet.

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