Transferring Architecture into Dress: CTBUH 50th Anniversary Congress Dinner

Wednesday, 30 October, 6:30 pm–10:00 pm
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel at the Aqua Tower, Chicago

The CTBUH 10th World Congress dinner was a momentous evening combining a tribute to the Beaux-Arts Architect’s Ball of 1931, in which famous architects dressed as their building creations, and a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Council’s growth and achievements, as well as its vision for the future of urban habitation. Many of the buildings on CTBUH’s recent list of the 50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years were represented in costume, including Burj Khalifa (Dubai); One World Trade Center (New York City); Aqua at Lakeshore East (Chicago); Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur); Salesforce Tower (San Francisco); TAIPEI 101 (Taipei); and U.S. Bank Tower (Los Angeles).

The US$1,000 prize for the “best costume” of the evening went to Darin Cook, Senior Associate Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, as Petronas Towers. To conclude the evening, a cake, topped with a bold, fondant-covered “50” in the Council’s signature blue was brought out as 445 delegates joined in to wish CTBUH a happy anniversary.



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Aqua at Lakeshore East

About Aqua at Lakeshore East

Unlike a tower in an open field, new towers in urban environments must negotiate small viewing corridors between existing buildings. In response to this, the Aqua Tower is designed to capture particular views that would otherwise be unattainable. A series of contours defined by outdoor terraces extends away from the face of the tower structure to provide views between neighboring buildings. The terraces inflect based on criteria such as the view, solar shading and size and type of dwelling. When viewed together, these unique terraces make the building appear to undulate, presenting a highly sculptural appearance that is rooted in function.

These outdoor terraces are cantilevered up to 4m (12ft) and have a depth of 23cm (9in) which thins out towards the edge of the cantilever to assist… Read More

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