Chicago Gets 3D Glimpse Of Proposed Spire

Santiago Calatrava unveils his Chicago Spire -- slated to be the tallest building in the nation -- in three dimensions to a mostly appreciative audience.

"Promising an iconic structure that would enhance Chicago's reputation as an architectural mecca, architect Santiago Calatrava on Monday unveiled an animated 360-degree view of a proposed downtown skyscraper that would be the nation's tallest building. Gasps echoed through a standing-room audience at a meeting of the Grant Park Advisory Council as a swooping computer-generated perspective showed the proposed Chicago Spire from nearly every exterior angle."

The building will house 1,200 luxury condominiums and a new park will be built in the lakefront neighborhood of Streeterville. "Although reaction was generally favorable, Streeterville residents expressed concern that the building will increase traffic, pollution and noise in their neighborhood."

[Story includes link to television video showing 3D animation.]

Full Story: 3D view of proposed skyscraper released

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