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Mirror Magic: Aqua Tower Chicago

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 07, 2014 01:02 AM
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by Brent Turner last modified Mar 06, 2014

Photography by Robert L. Segal via Mimoa Imagine a row of puddles on the ground after a rainfall. Now imagine that scene, rendered vertically in stone, steel and mirror glass, at a height of nearly 1000 feet. Meet the recently-opened Aqua Tower luxury apartments in Chicago. Image from Asian Hospitality Studio Gang architects, the masterminds behind Aqua, created the building's puddle-like effect by stacking an undulating series of terrace projections on top of one another. Where the terraces recede, the sky blue reflection off the mirror-like windows comes to the fore, looking strikingly like water. We love the optical trick. And it reminds us how simple design conceits - such as fluctuations in pattern, relief and reflection - play into many of our most innovative contemporary mirror designs : Clockwise from top left: Roxie Graphite 30-Inch Round Cyan Design Mirror , Valaparaiso Contemporary Glass 42-Inch-High Mirror , Diam Swirl Silver Wood 31 1/2-Inch Round Mirror , Princeton Glass Rectangular 50-Inch-High Mirror Be it a contemporary wall mirror or a new residential tower, simple sculptural elements can combine to create good design. At 82 stories, Aqua is definitely high design in the city that has long set the standard. Best of all, with a hotel occupying the first 19 floors, it's possible to experience Aqua for a night or two when you're next in town. Images: Mimoa , Asian Hospitality






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