The Chicago Spire by Santiago Calatrava
Famed Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava, known for such buildings as the recent Milwaukee Art Museum, has moved further down the lake to Chicago to create what might be his most enduring work in a long career of enduring works. This one is not as flashy or anthropomorphic as his previous buildings, but it has one thing that none of its other counterparts has: SIZE. This building which is under construction as we speak will be and estimated 2000 feet tall and built at a cost of 2.4 billion dollars. To give some perspective of how massive this project is, the current tallest building is the Taipei 101, an ugly hulk of a building in Taiwan which is 1473 ft to the roof. So, the spire will eclipse the current tallest building by over 500 feet to the roof. Add a spire on the Chicago Spire and we might have a record holder for quite some time.
I’ll definitely say more about this building as it gets out of the ground, but if the website is any indication of where the building may go, then the Chicago may be in for a heap of trouble. The website opens with a clean, white, sexy bit of Flash which nearly immediately crashed my computer. So, be warned when you visit www.thechicagospire.com.