225 N Columbus, Chicago IL
The Aqua Building is receiving a large amount of international architectural attention, as it is the tallest building in the world designed solely by a female architect. The 86-floor Aqua is a mixed residential and commercial pursuit, with the Radisson Blue Hotel occupying the lower floors, and condominiums and rental apartments on the upper floors. Jeanne Gang's defining characteristic of the Aqua is its irregular cantilevered balconies that give the building a fluid and animated feel. The concrete balconies of the Aqua aren't just for looks, their irregularity reduces wind loads on the building and made the use of a tuned mass damper unnecessary.
The Aqua Building is featured on the Signature Architecture Tour.