Architectural Design: Rippled Concrete and Glass Aqua Tower

18 Feb
2011

Studio Gang Architects designed this gorgeous 82-story Aqua Tower, a rippling concrete-and-glass high-rise in Chicago, Illinois. At first glance the tower may appear to simply be a marriage of two schools of design that have ridden architecture’s media wave over the past decade parametric design and Retro Modernism to form Expressionist Modern.

Aqua Tower comprises over 1.9 million square feet and containing condominiums, apartments, offices, parking, and a hotel.

Parametric design is made possible design software, such as Revit, a Building Information Modeling software for Microsoft Windows, developed by Autodesk, which allows users to design with both parametric 3D modeling and 2D drafting elements and algorithms. The genre of this type of architecture which includes complex organic shapes has been dubbed “blobitecture”.

View more photos of the Aqua Tower or visit the owner and developer site, Magellan Development if you’re interested in buying a condo here.

via architectureweek

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