History and Architecture of 311 South Wacker Drive

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311 South Wacker is post-modern designed building in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago. It is currently the 7th tallest building in Chicago and the 16th tallest building in the United States. It is interestingly the tallest building in the world that is known by its address. The building is one of the most visible buildings in the Chicago skyline at night because of its lit up cylinders on top. These five cylinders are made of translucent material and are lit up by 1,852 fluorescent lights.

The building contains both retail and commercial tenants. The building has an extensive lobby with 2 story high ceilings. There is a portion of the lobby with steel structures influenced by the “L”. Palm trees and fountains also shape the lobby. Take a look at the building below.

Specifications

Height: 961 Feet

Stories: 65

Completed: 1990

Location: 311 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates HKS

Architectural Style: Post-Modern

Photos

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