Willis Tower Building Renovation, Chicago

Willis Tower Chicago Renewal, Skyscraper Architecture, Improvement, Architect, Date, Height, Designer

Willis Tower Building

Key Chicago High-Rise Building Renovation, Illinois, USA: Super Tall – original design by SOM, Architects

Feb 13, 2017

Willis Tower Renovations

Location: Wacker Drive, Chicago, USA
Date originally built: 1973
Original Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – SOM

Tallest tower in north America

City officials have revealed numerous improvements for Chicago’s tallest building, 233 S. Wacker Drive – the Willis Tower.

winter garden:
Willis Tower Building winter garden

Totaling up to $500 million, the renovations will include six floors of new retail space, an outdoor deck and a winter garden—all intended to entice tourists into the Tower, report www.dnainfo.com. Other potential new amenities include a rooftop skating rink and a 50,000 square foot digital attraction. Officials said that 5,000 Skydeck tickets will be given each year to Chicago schools. $100,000 will be donated to Project Pipeline, a program for young people.

Wacker Drive entry:
Willis Tower Building Wacker Drive entry

Renderings courtesy of Blackstone Group; by Equity Office

The project, which is spearheaded by the building’s owners the Blackstone Group L.P., will begin this month and end in the summer of 2019. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the project should create 2,500 jobs.

winter garden entrance:
Willis Tower Building winter garden entrance

Blackstone Group L.P. bought the tower, the world’s tallest until 1996, nearly two years ago with plans to improve its retail shops and 103rd-floor Skydeck observatory. The building defines Chicago’s skyline and hosts more than 1 million visitors annually.

southeast corner:
Willis Tower Building southeast corner

“No longer will this be an inaccessible fortress without amenities that does feel a bit desolate after 5 p.m.,” said Jon Gray, Blackstone’s global head of real estate. Blackstone is footing the renovation’s entire $500 million bill, which the company said is its largest investment ever in a building.

southwest corner:
Willis Tower Building southwest corner

The renovation includes 300,000 square feet of new retail including “dining and entertainment” at the base of the tower, as well as a new 30,000-square-foot outdoor deck.

landscape:
Willis Tower Building landscape

exterior:
Willis Tower Building exterior

office lobby interior:
Willis Tower Building office lobby interior

lobby interior:
Willis Tower Building lobby interior

source: Willis Tower Building Renovations

Willis Tower by Skydeck Chicago
photo : Skydeck Chicago

At 1,450 ft this tower is the third tallest building in world, at time of writing in 2017.

There are 110 storeys and the main building use is offices.

Willis Tower by Michiel van Dijk
photograph : Michiel van Dijk

Sears Tower Modernization and hotel
Date: 2009-
Design: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Sears Tower Building
picture © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

This Chicago high-rise was the world’s tallest building for 25 years until 1998.

It is still the tallest to the antenna tips at 1,725 ft above ground.

Sears Tower Building Chicago

Sears Tower architect : Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – SOM


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.




Architecture in Chicago

Contemporary Chicago Architectural Projects

Chicago Architecture Design – chronological list

Chicago Architecture Walking Tours – city walks by e-architect

Chicago Architecture News

Recent Chicago building designs on e-architect:

Oct 10, 2016
Marina City Towers Chicago
Design: Bertrand Goldberg Architect
Inside Marina City

Marina City Towers Chicago Buildings

Oct 7, 2016
Ansarada Workspace
Design: THOSE ARCHITECTS
Ansarada Workspace Chicago
photo from architects

Ansarada Workspace in Chicago

Skyscraper Architecture

Willis Tower : skyscrapers global background

Shanghai Tower Building pushes Willis Tower out of the Top 10 list for the first time since it completed in 1974.

Sears Tower designers : SOM

World Skyscrapers – Selection

Burj Dubai skyscraper, Dubai
Burj Dubai skyscraper
image from Edelman

Empire State Building, New York
Empire State Building
photo © Andrew McRae

Absolute Tower, Canada
Absolute Tower

Chicago Architect Studios

Illinois Buildings

Aqua Tower Chicago




Chicago Buildings

Willis Tower photo by Skydeck Chicago

Website: Chicago

Buildings by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architects

Hong Kong Convention Centre

Broadgate Tower

Willis Tower photograph by Michiel van Dijk

Comments / photos for the Willis Tower Architecture page welcome

Willis Tower Building, Chicago, IL, USA

Website: Willis Tower The Skydeck