A week or so ago I did a post about the current Matisse exhibit at the Chicago Institute of Art and a bit about a building nearby–the Aqua Building. Got some interesting comments and am personally quite fascinated with this building. Still can’t decide if I like it. That seems to be true of many of the folks commenting on the building on the Internet sites. Mixed.
One of the comments that I found particularly fascinating is that the building is not located on an appropriate site to show off the curving lines of the balconies. Hmmmm. Unless one is Richard Meijer or Frank Gehry, architects generally don’t get to choose the site. They work with what the project presents. The question is more did the architect work effectively with what he or she was given?
The plot of land that Aqua is situated on is an interesting challenge. On a quick trip to Chicago last week my husband asked me to point it out as we were driving up Lake Shore Drive. Couldn’t do it. It was hidden from view and then totally impossible when we had to turn on Wacker to reach our destination. From that vantage point, the building is imbedded in a forest of skyscrapers.
Later, however, I found myself enjoying a splendid view of this modern addition to Chicago city scape from a Chicago River Tour boat where it gleamed in the sun. Here are some additional views of the building and as always I invite conversation and comments.