Black steel, the pinnacle of structural expressionism, and two towering antennae distinguishes itself from the other buildings which decorate the city of Chicago. Designed by Bruce Graham and developed by Jerry Wolman, the John Hancock building is the 33rd largest skyscraper in the entire world.
While the X-frame steel looks like it reinforces the building, it’s entirely decoration. However, during its initial build, the wrong kind of concrete was used in the first twenty stories of the building. Construction was supposed to stop, but then John Hancock Financial took over financing and was able to finish the construction.
While steel does not age the building, recently there was an innovation using the tilted-design to create an attraction where tourists are able to press themselves against the glass and part of the building tilts out so that people can get an aerial view of the Magnificent Mile.
“Gutsy, masculine, and industrial; reflecting the tradition of Chicago, where structure is of the essence.” – Bruce Graham
This building was right across from where we stayed during our trip to Spring Break.