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Chicago's Helmut Jahn Tower May Lose Supertall Status

Helmut Jahn's design for a 1001-foot South Loop apartment/condo tower arrived on the architectural scene with much excitement as Chicago appeared set to add multiple supertall buildings to its iconic skyline, joining Jeanne Gang's proposed Vista Tower in Lake Shore East. Jahn's new tower, along with Rafael Viñoly's 76-story vision for 113 E. Roosevelt, was heralded for bringing a transformative aesthetic balance to the horizon by bulking up the southern end of Grant Park with some much-needed height. Shaped like a giant exclamation mark with its upper portion comprised of three offset cantilevering glass boxes, Jahn's 86-story tower at 1000 S. Michigan Avenue was poised to become the city's fifth tallest, or sixth if Vista is built as planned. However, according to the Chicago development and building watchers at Skyscraperpage, Jahn's 1001-foot design may be whittled down to the non-supertall height of 823 feet — a move that would demote 1000 S. Michigan to 13th place on Chicago's current list of tall buildings.

Landmarks may be the driving force behind the rumored redesign >>