Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Collaborates With Chicago Architecture Center on New Skyscraper Exhibit
Friday, August 31, 2018
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The Building Tall exhibit in the Skyscraper Gallery at the new Chicago Architecture Center is informed by CTBUH data and consulting with CAC staff. © CAC

CHICAGO - CTBUH joined the Chicago Architecture Foundation in celebrating the opening of the new Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), which is also the new name of the foundation. CTBUH collaborated extensively with CAC to create substantial portions of the displays in its new space. The BUILDING TALL exhibit in the Skyscraper Gallery features eight skyscrapers at a gigantic 1:91 scale, five of which were once the world’s tallest buildings, including Chicago’s Willis Tower; Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur; and the Chrysler Building, New York. Dominating the space is a 36-foot (10.9-meter) model of the under-construction Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, set to be more than 1,000 meters high upon completion.
Several recent winners of the CTBUH 2018 Awards program are prominently showcased on a panel at the new CAC Skyscraper Gallery.
The scale, positioning, drawings and other features of the models in the BUILDING TALL exhibit were informed by a months-long CTBUH consultation with CAC leaders. CTBUH also confirmed and ratified all of the data represented throughout the exhibit against its tall building database, The Skyscraper Center. A total of 23 scale models are currently on display in the Skyscraper Gallery, many of which are by Chicago architects.

A panel showcases several recent winners of the CTBUH Awards program, including Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore (Best Tall Building Worldwide 2018); American Copper Buildings, New York City (Best Tall Building Americas 2018); The Silo, Copenhagen (Best Tall Building Europe 2018); Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town (Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa 2018); Shanghai World Financial Center (10 Year Award, 2018); and World Trade Center Master Plan, New York City (Urban Habitat Award, 2018). This panel will be updated every year following the conclusion of the annual CTBUH Awards Program, giving the exhibit a frequent rotation of the world's most recent tall building innovations.
CTBUH Height Criteria are prominently displayed in the Skyscraper Gallery. © Daniel Safarik

The panel is adjoined by a quote from CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood: “A new era of environmental adaptation and communal space is breaking through the old thinking of tall buildings as hermetic glass boxes in the sky.” There is also a panel devoted to an explanation of CTBUH Height Criteria.

The Council will remain involved in the continued curation of the BUILDING TALL exhibit in an advisory capacity, and has expressed its commitment to, and confidence in, the success of the new CAC home with a donation of $50,000.

CTBUH Award-winning projects are included as part of the Building Tall exhibit (left); the twin Marina City Towers, Chicago, are represented in one of 23 building models in the exhibit. © Daniel Safarik

Occupying 20,000 square feet (1,858 square meters) at the base of One Illinois Center, 111 East Wacker Drive, a Mies van der Rohe-designed Modernist office building that opened in 1970, the Chicago Architecture Center features a 40-foot (12-meter) ceiling, with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall fronting on Wacker Drive and providing views across the Chicago River to the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower.

A larger, updated Chicago Model, with interactive lighting displays, is installed in The Chicago Gallery on the lower level of the new Chicago Architecture Center. © CAC

The move is part of a substantial re-branding exercise for the architecture organization, and the opening week was full of ceremonies, including speeches by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and a performance of “My Kind of Town” by jazz vocalist Kurt Elling.

Learn more about the Chicago Architecture Center here.