Chicago Architecture Info

123 North Wacker

123 North Wacker, Chicago

Facts

Address 123 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606
Neighborhood The Loop
Built 1984 - 1986
Developer Rubloff
Architect Ralph Johnson
Architecture firm Perkins + Will
Type
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Skyscraper
Height 436 feet
Floors 30
Floor space 525,000 square feet
Cost $90,000,000

Notes

  • The pyramid at the top of this building is made of horizontal pipes which are illuminated by floodlights inside the pyramid.

Timeline

Summer, 1986 The first occupants moved into this building.

Narrative

123 North Wacker is a very interesting building because of its conflicting styles. It is at once harmonious with other very-1980?s skyscrapers, and with something a little more ancient. The upper stories of the building are arranged in a shape reminiscent of a temple with an altar formation, topped by a pyramid illuminated from within at night. While it?s an interesting idea, it is executed, perhaps, too subtly, and the effect is lost on the casual viewer.