John Hancock Center: Chicago Skyscraper Building

John Hancock Center, Chicago Tower Building, Architect, Project, Height, Design, Date

John Hancock Center Chicago : Skyscraper Building

Key Development in Chicago – design by SOM

John Hancock Center

875 North Michigan Avenue, Gold Coast, Chicago, Illinois
1969/70
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill – SOM:
Bruce Graham (architect) with Fazhur R. Khan (engineer)

World's Fastest Elevators
photo : Royce Douglas

John Hancock Center Chicago

100 storeys

Building height: 1,127ft / 344m high
Building height including antennae: 1,506ft / 459m high

Nickname : Big John

Design : Fazlur Khan (structural engineer), Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Fourth tallest building in Chicago

Key Elements:
Hancock Observatory – observation deck on 94th floor at 1,020ft
Restaurant on the 95th floor
offices ; restaurants ; condominiums

Tallest building in the world outside Manhattan when completed

Highest apartments in the world

The building contains America’s fastest elevators, travelling to the building’s
“Observatory” on the 94th floor.

Instead of taking the elevator, visitors can also take the stairway from the main lobby to
the “Observatory”. It has a total of 1,632 steps.

Developer : John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company

John Hancock Center Chicago architects : SOM


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