Two Prudential Plaza in Chicago

Photo of Two Prudential Plaza in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Two Prudential Plaza in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
  Scroll down for more pictures  
Photo of Two Prudential Plaza in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Two Prudential Plaza in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

Airlifted pipes.

Posted to the Flickr Pool by 108021376@N07

Add your photos!

Royalty-free architecture stock photography

Two Prudential Plaza
Also known as:Two Pru

180 North Stetson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60601
Previous   Random   Next


Print this page   •   Share this page   •   Map This

Reminiscent of a number of other skyscrapers around the world, Two Prudential Plaza successfully takes the art moderne aesthetic and updates it for a new generation.

The building rises from an artificial hillside plaza as a dramatic shaft piercing the sky. Along the way it goes through several chevron-shaped setbacks until it reaches the top -- a diamond shape created by chamfering the corners of the block. The building's grid pattern is represented in these cuts as stripes as if the architect cut into a layered candy. Further visual interest is generated by long glass channels which run down all four sides of the building, leaping over the setbacks like crystal waterfalls that sprout from gables at the roofline. The entire affair is topped with a short spire, a spike really, which helps end the building's skyward ambitions.

One of the few things this building has going against it is its neighbors. It is blocked in by the dated (though beloved) One Prudential Plaza, and overshadowed by the Aon Center to the north. There are few angles from which this building can be fully appreciated.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Height: 995 feet to the tip of the spire.
  • Height: 915 feet to the top of the roof.
  • Rentable floor space: 993,507 square feet
Quotations

    "We have a responsibility to the community to build something that is uplifting and appealing and doesn't show its shorts."

    --Architect Steve Wright, Chicago Tribune, 23 July, 1995

Related Links
Rate This Skyscraper
method='post' action='/Building.php?ID=1014#Rate'>Current rating:50% 80%  name='Rating' id='Rating' value='Praise' class='Plain'> name='Rating' id='Rating' value='Raze' class='Plain'>
Two Prudential Plaza in Chicago.  Photo by john kovacich
Photo by john kovacich