As an established architecture practices, Studio Gang has won the 2008 Chicago Anthenaeum American architecture award for their creation for Magellan Developments Aqua Hotel and Residential.

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While designing the Aqua tower, the Gang considers several criteria such as views, solar shading and function to derive a vertical system of contours, that gives the structure its sculptural form.

The towers vertical topography defined by its outdoor terraces which gradually changed over the length of the tower. These terraces offer a strong connection to the outdoors and allow inhabitants to occupy the building fa├žade and city simultaneously.

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The result of these different length of terraces is a highly sculptural building that transforms into a slender rectangle from further away.

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AQUA TOWER

Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Architect of Record: Loewenberg & Associates
Owner: Magellan Development
Program: Hotel and Residential High-rise with retail and commercial spaces
Size: 1.9m SF including parking, 823 feet high
Completion: Summer 2009, currently under construction

STUDIO GANG ARCHITECTS

1212 N. Ashland Avenue
Suite #212
Chicago, IL 60622 USA
Tel 773 384 1212
Fax 773 384 0231
www.studiogang.net.

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