Studio Gang Architects — With square floor plates already a foregone conclusion, the design team for Chicago’s Aqua Tower played with the façade, creating extruded balconies that make the building’s surface ripple. The judges were impressed by both the simplicity of the concept and the achieved effect—Ralph Johnson called it “super clever.”

Project Credits

Owner/Developer Magellan Development Group Architect Studio Gang Architects, Chicago—Jeanne Gang, Mark Schendel (principals); Margaret Cavenagh, Lynda Dossey, Mauricio Sanchez, Kara Boyd, Yu-Ting Chen, William Emmick, David Gwinn, Claire Halpin, Jay Hoffman, Thorsten Johann, Heather Kilmer, Phillip Leers, Miriam Neet, Federico Diaz de Leon Orraca, Angela Peckham, Sophia Sebti, Schuyler Smith, Yuki Toyama, Kimberly Tseng, Hannes Wingate, Weston Walker (project team) Architect of Record Loewenberg Architects Contractor James McHugh Construction Co. Structural Engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates Civil Engineer IE Consultants Mechanical Engineer Advanced Mechanical Systems Energy Consultant Khatib and Associates Electrical Engineer Gurtz Electric Co. Lighting Consultant Hugh Lighting Design Plumbing Engineer Abbott Industries Fire Protection Engineer McDaniel Fire Systems Landscape Architect Wolff Landscape Architecture Foundation Contractor Case Foundation