One of my favorite buildings I got to experience up-close and personal was the Aqua Tower. Not only for its aesthetic value, but for my interpretation of it. The Aqua Tower was built directly influenced by its environment; it was meant to reflect the limestone that commonly grows along the Great Lakes, and they found that this shape helped with the amount of solar shading given to the balconies and windows.
It’s a fairly new building, and that shows by the style of building and the innovation, contrasting the older generations of skyscrapers like the Hancock Building. But it was built with a direct influence from its environment, which I found interesting while working on this project. Most of my project is about the influence of an environment on people, but this building was influenced by the environment. On top of that, I found the building so cool to look at that it constantly caught my eyes during the many walks we took around the city.
Located close to Millennium Park, the point of the building was to also provide people who lived in the city to feel like they were in an open space. Having the rippling roofs created an illusion of an ocean wave and the park nearby helped urban folk feel like they had some space to be free from the often enclosed urban city.