We're used to skyscrapers looking a certain way, and confirming to a few recognizable patterns. An upended cuboid, a tiered art deco ziggurat, or these days, a symphony of steel and glass. But what you don't see many of is concrete cylinders. The structure is slightly more complex than that, with the cross-section resembling a flower. Architect Bertrand Goldberg was at the forefront of development in 1959 with these two towers being the first residential high-rise blocks built in Chicago since the war. His vision has since been emulated many times. One reason I love these buildings is that they are an antidote to the shiny reflectivity seen on so many skyscrapers, and have more of an organic feel than anything else in the city.
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