Dec 01, 2010
There's always something changing about Chicago's skyline, and that keeps me interested. A fine example would be "Aqua Tower", a magnificent building, designed by Chicago Architect, Jeanne Gang, which earned the prestigious gold medal award from Emporis, the global building database, who named the Aqua Tower the "2009 Skyscraper of the Year". Aqua was praised for its fascinating shape, which changes depending on the perspective and was cited for the precision of its construction. The honor, known as the Emporis Skyscraper Award, has been given since 2000 and recognizes excellence in aesthetic and functional design. This marks the first time that the prize has gone to a Chicago skyscraper, and to the first woman recipient, Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang Architects.