The company Shelbourne Development Group Inc. announced that the Urban Planning Commission approved a plan for the construction of Chicago Spire - grandiose tall buildings, designed a famous architect-engineer Santiago Calatrava. This building will become the highest structure of its kind in the U.S. and Europe, and the highest purely house in the world. Construction work should begin in the coming month. The sale of apartments in the new building, starting with this summer, will carry out a U.S. company Savills (L & P) Ltd, which provides consulting services and acts as agent for international sales and marketing conduct operations. Construction is scheduled for 2010.
In 150 - Chicago Spire storey building will house the 1200 apartments. The building will occupy an area 2, 2 acres (0, 88 Ga) at 400 North Lake Shore Drive, at the point where the Chicago River flows into Lake Michigan. Because of the unusual shape of the building will not be two completely identical Planners apartments. As expected, each apartment will be huge, although the detailed internal planning projects, as well as the cost still not identified. They will be announced in coming months.
The approved plan includes some changes compared to previous versions of the building. These changes are designed to improve the integration of Chicago Spire into the environment. This includes the anticipated construction of four impressive lobby of transparent glass, underground car parking for residents' homes and common areas open to the elements of landscape design, an area of 1 acre. In addition, the building Chicago Spire will be consistent with the "gold" standard for certification of LEED, which, among other things, requires that rainwater is used for irrigation of plants and river water - for cooling systems. The requirements also include the application in the building of a special glass to protect migratory birds.