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Marina City, Chicago’s hidden gem

The Architect

This article was originally published in April 2019.

The birthplace of the skyscraper overflows with famous buildings – but none as stunning as a lesser-known piece of architecture, Bertrand Goldberg’s brutalist ‘city within a city’.

A recent architectural field trip with my company, Derwent London, took us to that city that boasts the birth of what was then called the ‘cloud-buster’ – better known today as the skyscraper. Chicago was also home to the first multi-storey elevators, pioneered by the now famous Otis Elevator Company. We visited some great buildings, starting with the 100-storey John Hancock Center, designed by architects SOM and completed
in1969 at a cost of $100m. Now known as 875 North Michigan Avenue, this 2.75m sq. ft colossus is still the city’s fourth-tallest building. A trip to the building’s Willis Tower Skydeck on the 95th floor, which offers a 360° view of the city, is a must-do on any trip to Chicago. 

The Architect

About Simon Silver

Simon Silver

Simon Silver is a main board Director of Derwent London Plc. One of the Co-founders of Derwent Valley Holdings, Simon has overseen the design strategy for the group’s development and regeneration programme for over 30 years. He has overall responsibility for the commissioning of Architects on all Derwent projects. This has covered many notable schemes, including the TEA building in Shoreditch, the Angel building in Islington, Turnmill in Clerkenwell and most recently the White Collar Factory on Old Street roundabout. Simon is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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