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The Pyramid of Tirana rises again...

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Gent Onuzi 

MVDRV are set to transform an Albanian landmark building

MVRDV has revealed an initial design for Tirana Pyramid in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama, Mayor Erion Veliaj, The Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), members of the Municipality of Tirana and public. The 11,800m2 former communist monument will become a large multifunctional technology education centre for young people. Mayor Veliaj declared that this project ‘will completely change the current building, putting it in service of innovation, technology, art and culture, not only in Albania but to the entire region.’ The project will be completed in June 2019. Situated in the centre of Tirana, the former Enver Hoxha Museum was designed in the 1980s by a group of architects including the then president’s daughter Pranvera Hoxha and her husband Klement Kolneci. Throughout the years it has also served as a temporary base for NATO during the War in Koso

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pH+ get the go ahead on Fish Island

pH+ get the go ahead on Fish Island

This residential project in east London sees two typologies expressed using two different material styles

Architects pH+ and Developer City & Suburban have received planning permission for a new mixed-use scheme on Fish Island in Hackney Wick, London, as part of the Wickside Masterplan. Drawing on the concept of shared space where residential, working and public uses meet; Trego Road, is designed around a series of communal tiered yards, parks, and gardens.  Providing 52 new homes, maker spaces and tiered public and private amenity spaces, the scheme has been carefully developed to respond to the scale and materiality of the existing and emerging context whilst ensuring the building possesses a character of its own within the streetscape. The project will accommodate a greater diversity of tenure and uses, as well as the in between “non saleable” shared spaces, required to create cohesive fully functioning and successful communities. Two typologies are expressed by two material styles. To the street side, the arrangement of balconies and voids sits behind a series of columns that punctuate the façade of the building creating depth, shadow and movement. The central sculptural form folds across the site and is clad in corrugated bronze metal referencing the industrial buildings of its surrounding context.  A super basement concept is proposed to respond to the creative industries who have historically adopted the locale. Fabrication spaces (B2) on the lower ground are exhibited through yard and street facing active frontages of showroom and office space (B1) at ground floor level. This layering allows residential uses to sit above and alongside noisier light industrial maker spaces without impacting on the use and enjoyment of either whilst allowing rich neighborhoods to form Andy Puncher, pH+ Director, said: "Trego Road is the second of a series of projects we are working on at Fish Island which seek to explore how intensifying, concentrating and densifying a range of uses can create higher quality living and working environments and ultimately the formation of stronger and richer communities. Its scale and position within a larger masterplan has facilitated greater explorations of boundaries between public and private space and residential and commercial uses which we look forward to developing in greater detail as the project moves to the site stages at the end of the year.”    Glen Charles, Director of City & Suburban and role said: “As a developer we are interested in building communities. Working with pH+ across a range of sites and locations we have been able to explore the fundamental role the intensifying of use plays in delivering truly sustainable  living and working environments.” Nick Myall News editor

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A place of rest, retreat and mindfulness

A place of rest, retreat and mindfulness

The Ellipsicoon by UNStudio creates a tranquil nomadic extension to the home: a detached, secluded space of immersion in nature

Inside-outside, light and shade, open and closed, the Ellipsicoon offers a tranquil space for either solitary moments of rest, reading or contemplation, or a cocoon-like theatre for conversation and communication. Designed by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio,  the Ellipsicoon pavilion is a space for the mind, for moments of ephemeral escape, for rumination or for simply being. Designed and developed digitally, then handwoven by highly skilled craftsmen, the continuous sculptural surface of the pavilion is constructed from strands of 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The curved sides of the structure taper inwards as they rise, enabling the rounded openings to facilitate moments of being simultaneously both inside and outside - physically and intimately connected to the surroundings and to nature, whilst wrapped and enclosed by the soft, continuous curves of the woven structure. Upon crossing the threshold the user stands slightly above ground level, after which a sunken seating area offers enclosed and semi-enclosed space, with built in seating that follows the fluid contours of the space. Here differently proportioned elliptical openings frame views to the surroundings whilst providing daylight to the interior. Ben van Berkel: “I have long been interested in exploring spaces which extend function to replace the reality of the everyday with the potential for more nuanced, reflective experiences. The Ellipsicoon offers a place of temporary disengagement, where the practicalities, duties and interruptions of daily life can momentarily fade and the imagination can take over.” The Ellipsicoon was designed as part of the REVOLUTION PRECRAFTED transportable pavilion series: Revolution Precrafted Pavilions are collectible structures, whose wide variety of functions are designed to complement existing spaces. Nick Myall News editor

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Glenn Howells Architects forge ahead with i9

Glenn Howells Architects forge ahead with i9

Planning has been granted for Ion Developments i9 scheme for City of Wolverhampton Council

Progress on delivering a new eye-catching modern office development at the heart of the City of Wolverhampton Interchange has reached a major milestone as planning was approved for the proposed i9 building on Railway Drive, Wolverhampton. I9 emerged as a scheme following the success of the award-winning i10 complex on the opposite side of the road and will provide 50,000 sq ft of stunning Grade A office space when completed in 2020. i9 is the next step in building a thriving commercial quarter at the heart of Wolverhampton Interchange - bringing further investment and jobs to the city. Glenn Howells Architects’ design for i9 was the winner from a strong field of ten UK leading architects and urban design practices in a national design competition. They are the architects behind the Paradise Birmingham scheme - one of the biggest city centre development projects in the UK.  Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, commented: ‘The development of i9 will offer a new state of the art, Grade A office building for Wolverhampton. The i10 development has already proven that we can attract new occupiers to Wolverhampton and the state-of-the-art transport links of the Interchange will be a major attraction for those new occupiers.’ Fraser Godfrey, senior architect from Glenn Howells Architects said: ‘ The i9 building is situated at an important gateway site within Wolverhampton City Centre and offers the opportunity to define a benchmark for the future regeneration of this part of the city. The design has been developed to be sensitive to neighbouring landmarks such as the Chubb Buildings and through considered detailing and the use of high quality materials, it will become a contemporary addition to Wolverhampton’s historic family of red-brick Victorian buildings. It is set to house restaurants and a business lounge on the ground floor of the building as well as a rooftop amenity space, with panoramic views towards the city centre conservation area and Interchange.’    Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, City of Wolverhampton Council said: ‘Since i10 was completed we have seen increasing demand for quality office space in that location of the city, particularly from large space users. i9 was always envisaged to satisfy that demand, and it is great news that official planning approval has now been granted. We want this building to become the design and quality benchmark for future developments in the city and to demonstrate our ambition for the city centre. This important site ideally lends itself to a distinctive, high-quality headquarters building.’ Jamie Phillips, partner, Knight Frank, Birmingham added: ‘We are extremely pleased to be involved in the interchange and the granting of planning for i9 is another positive message for the market. After the success of i10, which let prior to completion, we are looking forward to seeing i9 developed and to delivering premium office space available in Wolverhampton.’ Nick Myall News editor

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IN BRIEF

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Sad news today as we learn of Will Alsop’s death, one of archite

Perkins+Will strengthens its London architecture team with new senior appointment

Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will has appointed Brandon

LIAM FOX LAUNCHES AWARDS FOR BEST BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS OF THE FUTURE

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, today launched the GREA

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Belatchew Arkitekter designs the Discus

Belatchew Arkitekter designs the Discus

Belatchew Arkitekter has designed a new landmark high rise in central Nacka; a booming part of the Stockholm metropolitan area in Sweden

Discus is a new landmark building in Nacka City, Stockholm in Sweden. With its characteristic irregular silhouette it is sure to become a symbol of this growing metropolitan area. The tower will be placed in the heart of a new public transport node, right above the metro station in Nacka City's new city centre. The building will consist of about 30 floors and will accommodate 450 to 500 apartments of different sizes, together with commercial and public facilities, creating an active and vibrant place. "Discus is a beautiful building in the middle of our upcoming city with an entrance to the Metro on the ground floor, stunning views, with parks outside and both offices and apartments within. The building will give the site an identity of both modernity and playfulness," says Mats Gerdau, the Mayor of Nacka. "High rises attract a lot of attention and must therefore be exciting to look at. This building will represent and symbolize Nacka, so we want it to be a daring building - which we think Discus is, " says Gunilla Glantz, Director of Urban Planning, Nacka Municipality. "Discus is the first high rise in Nacka's most central parts, and with its strong form, the building will contribute to Nacka's exciting silhouette. Discus clearly shows an architectural ambition that Nacka Municipality wants to see in future projects in Nacka City," says Nina Åman, City Architect, Nacka Municipality. "Nacka is a visionary municipality who dares to test new urban structures where traditional neighborhoods are combined with high rises. Public transport is crucial for the city of the future, and that we now, in Nacka's most central location, can realize our insights and ideas about an architecture for public transport with high passenger flows is very inspiring, says Rahel Belatchew, CEO and Principal Architect, Belatchew Arkitekter. Nick Myall News editor

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A Californian classic

A Californian classic

A challenging plot size dictated the design process for this unique Californian home

This 4,500 square-foot single-family home, designed by AUX Architecture, is situated in the Melrose neighbourhood of LA. It was designed to meet the economic demands of maximizing square footage while preserving indoor-outdoor living. A roof garden provides additional outdoor space that was otherwise displaced by the building footprint.  The material shift of white stucco against gray Equitone fibre cement board panels is intended to read as if the gray mass is being cut away to reveal the museum quality white interior—like a box with incisions made into it. A balcony off the master bathroom is the perfect example.  Challenged by a lot only 40 feet wide, the residence features living spaces designed to open to the outside. An existing pool was reduced in size and left in place so the main living spaces open to it. Nick Myall News editor

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AL_A to transform Paisley Museum

AL_A to transform Paisley Museum

Ambitious £42m plans to transform Paisley Museum into an international-class destination have taken a step forward with the appointment of award-winning architects AL_A

AL_A’s founder Amanda Levete – a former winner of UK architecture’s top honour, the RIBA Stirling Prize – says the project to transform Paisley Museum in the UK  is ‘one of the most radical briefs she has read’. It will be the first Scottish commission for the London-based practice, who have designed landmark projects including the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter – for which they this week won the prestigious RIBA London Building of the Year 2018. They were also this month shortlisted for the competition to redesign the visitor experience at Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower. The Paisley Museum transformation is the flagship project in Renfrewshire Council’s planned £100m investment in cultural venues and infrastructure – key to Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid legacy, and the wider plans to use the town's unique assets to transform its future. The museum will close this autumn and re-open in 2022 as a revitalised home for Paisley’s internationally-significant textile heritage and outstanding natural history, art and science collections, expected to nearly quadruple current visitor numbers to 125,000 a year. The project will include a contemporary addition to the existing Victorian-era building, creating a new entrance and museum spaces - including a cafe and shop - landscaping and significantly-improved access. There will be major revamps to all four museum buildings including the Coats Observatory, while a complete internal redesign will reimagine the visitor experience and double the number of objects on public display. Current AL_A projects include the revitalisation of the historic Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris; a new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s in Southampton; and two new buildings for Wadham College at the University of Oxford. Completed projects include Central Embassy, a 1.5m sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok, Lisbon’s Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) and Sky’s new London media campus.  Levete was recently named the winner of the 2018 Jane Drew Prize, an annual lifetime achievement award for an architect who has furthered the progress of women in the industry. She said: ““This is one of the most radical briefs I have read – it triggered in us a desire to tell the untold history of Paisley and search for a narrative thread that will drive the design. The project is bigger than the building itself and I am excited to re-imagine the relationship between the street and museum. “This is not only about finding the way to best show the museum’s collection, it’s also about showing the world how an ambitious cultural project can have a profound impact on a community and its identity.” Cllr Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure – which operates the museum – added: “For Paisley to have attracted a design team of such global reputation to come to Scotland for the first time shows we are being noticed around the UK and abroad. “Being the first ever town on a UK City of Culture shortlist took our profile to new levels – but this appointment also says a lot about the scale and ambition of the museum project, and the worldwide importance of Paisley’s heritage and collections. The museum was gifted to the people of Paisley more than a century ago by Peter Coats, at the time his family were building a global thread empire headquartered right here. Now, AL_A will honour that legacy by designing a striking 21st-century facility to open up our unique heritage to future generations and be a valuable educational resource for our young people. “At the same time, the new museum will be the centrepiece of the work to transform the area’s fortunes by using our unique selling points to make us a destination and drive huge volumes of new footfall into the town centre.” AL_A were among more than 120 firms to tender for the Paisley Museum project and will lead an Anglo-Scottish multi-disciplinary design team including conservation consultants Giles Quarme and Associates, landscape architects GROSS.MAX, and engineers Arup. They will also provide a wide range of benefits to the Renfrewshire community, including further education and school visits, work experience placements and careers events. The £100m investment in Paisley town centre over the next four years also includes projects to transform Paisley Town Hall and Arts Centre into 21st-century venues, a new learning and cultural hub on the High Street, major investment in outdoor spaces and the town's transport links, and new sporting facilities and events space at St James Playing Fields. The plans build on the investment already made in the publicly-accessible museum store Paisley: The Secret Collection, opened last year on the town’s High Street, and the launch of the new destination brand and website at www.paisley.is. The museum project is also being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.   Nick Myall News editor

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Herzog & de Meuron reveal Stockholm images

Herzog & de Meuron reveal Stockholm images

The first images from the inside of Herzog & de Meuron´s and Oscar Properties gasholder in Stockholm have been released

Herzog & de Meuron is for the first time creating a landmark in Sweden. With its sparkling, glass-inspired villa architecture 90m above ground, in a landscape created by Piet Oudolf, this building will provide a wonderful experience, not only for its residents, but for the whole city. The new building combines public areas with customised residential services in a manner never before seen in Stockholm. Construction is planned to begin by the end of the year. Gasklockan will be a hub in the cultural characterisation of Stockholm Royal Seaport (Norra Djurgårdsstaden). The building and the landscape will simmer with life and public activities. The new apartment building replaces Gasklocka 4, which is a round sheet metal building from the 1930s that for many decades supplied Stockholm with energy. At 90 metres, Gasklockan is the same height as the old industrial building. “We are creating the entrance to Gasklockan in the form of an enormous atrium in the same impressive height as the building. The shape of the walls provides a nice connection to the facade in glass brick,” says Oscar Engelbert, founder and CEO of Oscar Properties. “Gasklockan is our first project in Sweden and the first building with this shape. Its floorplan opens like the pages in a book to the surrounding city and landscape, maximizing sun exposure and offering a variety of views. It offers a spatial experience not normally experienced when living in a tower,” explains Jacques Herzog, Herzog & de Meuron. Villa architecture Just like the old building, the basic shape of Gasklockan is round, but with protruding v-shaped arms that provide an attractive and elegant expression. Each v-shape equates to an apartment, which gives the impression of a well-planned villa, albeit high above the ground. This new architectural solution maximises the amount of natural light in the apartments, which enjoy far-reaching views over the city, the archipelago and Djurgården. “The interior concept in Gasklockan is characterised by pure and strong materials like plaster, stone and glass. Industrial, but at the same time warm and tactile,” comments Helena Piehl, Design Manager for Gasklockan at Oscar Properties. There is also a vertical concept, noticeable in everything from wooden sections and fittings to the grooved stone in the bathroom, that reflects Gasklockan’s shape and height. The kitchen has been designed and built as a standalone furnishing, and the same applies to the bathroom commode. Uniquely crafted solutions enhance the feeling of living in a villa. The ground floor, with its magnificent atrium, will offer everything from Oscar Deli (Oscar Properties’ new, proprietary deli concept), office space for creative businesses and areas for curated exhibitions to customised solutions and services for the building’s residents. Gasklockan is Oscar Properties’ first project in which their new digital platform Oscar Properties World, with its unique services and products, is built into the concept in its entirety. Some examples of features include help with managing deliveries of packages, a gym with personal trainers and access to a spa section, a cinema, a digital concierge for making restaurant reservations and booking trips and cultural events, a playroom for the children, booking of cleaning and other domestic services, and food deliveries direct to the door from Oscar Deli. “The size of Gasklockan, with its 317 apartments, opens the way for a totally new type of residential service and peripheral services. From the very beginning both Herzog & de Meuron and us have had an ambition to create a living solution of the future. We want to simplify everyday life for everyone living in the building and also create an open, creative urban space for the people of Stockholm,” says Oscar Engelbert. Gasklockan is part of northern Europe’s largest urban development project In Stockholm Royal Seaport, which is northern Europe’s largest urban development project, the former industrial area is the hub of trade, culture, attractions and service. At the same time the area is close to both the city as well as water and nature. Gasklockan’s residents will live but three kilometres from the city, with the Ropsten metro station just a couple of minutes from the door. When the development of Stockholm Royal Seaport is complete the area will play host to 12,000 homes and 25,000 workplaces. Great care has been taken to create a varied and dynamic environment with a true urban feel. Oscar Properties and Herzog & de Meuron have been working on the planning and design of Gasklockan since 2009. The zoning plan was approved in June 2016. Construction is planned to begin by the end of 2018, and the building is expected to be ready to welcome its new residents in 2022. The apartments go on sale in May, with prices starting at SEK 4,550,000 Nick Myall News editor

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Tracing tradition in Oxford

Tracing tradition in Oxford

Design Engine have completed the Hubert Perrodo Building at St Peter’s College, Oxford

Multi award-winning architects Design Engine have completed the Hubert Perrodo Building at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford, in the UK, thus marking the completion of Phase 2 of the Perrodo Project. The building was officially opened by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford Lord Patten of Barnes along with St Peter’s Master, Mark Damazer CBE, and members of the Perrodo family, whose generous donation to the college, one of the largest in its history, has made the work possible. Beginning in August 2014, the Perrodo Project has resulted in a transformation of the College’s public and teaching spaces. As part of the wider project, this brand-new building – now officially known as the Hubert Perrodo Building – has a quiet study space on the ground floor, six en-suite bedrooms and a meeting room on the top floor with a roof terrace that offers superb views over the College and beyond. It is the first multi-level building to be built on the College’s main campus in twenty years. The new building is a three-storey pavilion with a set-back fourth storey. The height reflects the surrounding buildings: both the New Building and the Chavasse Building that define the Chavasse Quad. The arrangement of functions is intended to replicate those of Chavasse with communal spaces on the ground floor opening onto the re-landscaped quad with private study rooms above.  Design Engine: Hubert Perrodo Building, Oxford from Stephenson / Bishop on Vimeo. This division in the use of spaces on different floors could present an incoherent façade but the applied ‘veil‘ or screen helps unify it and give coherence to the different levels and uses. An open filligree of square section ceramic rods constitute the primary facade and make reference to the stone tracery evident in a number of existing buildings on site. The ceramic has a natural finish chosen to match the texture and tone of the stone. The ceramic is layered in front of a bronze-coloured metal cladding which has been chosen to match the colour of the existing brick buildings. “Unifying the complexity of the brief within this historic but tight site was an exciting challenge. Working closely with the local planning authorities we were able to satisfy the planning demands of this beautiful city while maximizing the potential of the site. As the completion of the final elevation to the re-landscaped quad, the new building needed a presence of its own while respecting its (listed) neighbours. We hope we have designed a building which is contemporary in nature but achieves the same richness of façade evident in the surrounding quad, which will continue the tradition of quality architecture within St Peters College.” Richard James, Project Architect, Design Engine. James Graham, Bursar, St Peter’s College, said, "What we liked about the design is that it fulfilled its purpose… but it was ambitious. I don't think that most architectural practices would have been as ambitious and I'm not sure most colleges would have been as ambitious either." The Hubert Perrodo Building has already been Highly Commended in the Project of the Year category of the Oxfordshire Property Awards and is currently shortlisted for a RIBA 2018 Award. Nick Myall News editor

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The only way is up...

The only way is up...

Otis has finalised a contract for a major renovation project at the Willis Tower in Chicago

Chicago’s Willis Tower, designed by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is one of the tallest and most famous buildings in the world. The building’s owners have turned to Otis to modernise its 83 elevators and 97 passenger cabs, including their respective machine rooms, motors, cables and controls as part of a larger renovation project. Otis, a leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Otis and Equity Office have finalised a contract to fully upgrade the building’s elevator cabs to Otis SkyRise® units using the CompassPlus™ destination management system. Otis SkyRise elevators are one of the world’s most advanced high-rise elevator systems, featuring stylish design, ultra-quiet operation, smart technology features and energy-efficient components. The CompassPlus system organizes traffic flow and provides a personalized passenger experience — sorting passengers into each elevator based on their destinations to get people where they’re going significantly faster than conventional dispatching systems. As part of the agreement, Otis will also provide maintenance service for the elevators for 10 years. “Otis is proud to provide our industry-leading technology to Willis Tower, one of the world’s most iconic buildings,” said Otis Americas President Tom Vining. “Our innovative SkyRise and CompassPlus products will transform the passenger experience for the millions of people who pass through the building every year.” The Willis Tower elevator system makes more than 46,000 daily trips and serves an estimated 5.8 million people each year. The modernization project will provide more efficient elevator service for tenants and visitors, reducing travel time during peak hours by up to 30 percent and cutting energy costs by an estimated 35 percent. The elevators will also better utilize new amenity services located on the building’s transfer floors. “The Willis Tower is pleased to collaborate with Otis on the modernization of our elevator system,” said David Moore, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Director, Equity Office. “More than 15,000 tenants and guests use our elevators each day and they deserve the absolute best in transportation within the building, from updated technology to sleek design, and Otis offers best-in-class installation, service and aesthetics.” A dedicated Otis team will be on site starting in June to ensure the modernization is completed on time and with minimal impact to the building’s tenants and operations. The Willis Tower elevator modernization project is part of a $500 million transformation by owner/manager Equity Office, a portfolio company owned by Blackstone’s real estate funds. Through the investment, Willis Tower will be reinforced as a civic destination and the city’s leading workplace, featuring unprecedented amenities and unique retail and entertainment experiences. This renovation is just one of many significant updates being made to vertical transportation within the Willis Tower. Escalators at key points throughout the building will be removed to streamline travel and upgraded security and turnstiles will improve traffic flow at the building’s entrances.   Watch a video that provides more information on the elevator modernization at Willis Tower. To learn more about the Willis Tower, including information for visitors, leasing and history, visit www.willistower.com Willis Tower: Facts and figures  The top of Willis Tower is the highest point in Illinois. The tip of its highest antenna is 1,729 feet (527 m) above street level or 2,325 feet (708.7 m) above sea level, its roof is 1,450 feet 7 inches (442.14 m) above street level or 2,046 feet (623.6 m) above sea level, the 103rd floor observation deck (The Sky deck) is 1,353 feet (412 m) above street level or 1,948 feet (593.8 m) above sea level, the Franklin Street entrance is 595 feet (181.4 m) above sea level. (The highest natural point in Illinois is the Charles Mound, at 1,235 feet (376.4 m) above sea level.) The building leans about 4 inches (10.2 cm) towards the west due to its slightly asymmetrical design, placing unequal loads on its foundation. The design for Willis Tower incorporates nine steel-unit square tubes in a 3 tube by 3 tube arrangement, with each tube having the footprint of 75 ft × 75 ft (22.9 m × 22.9 m). Willis Tower was the first building for which this design was used. The design allows future growth of extra height to the tower if wanted or needed. The restrooms on the 103rd floor, at 1,353 feet (412.4 m) high, are the highest (relative to street level) in the Western Hemisphere. The design was inspired by an advertisement for a package of cigarettes. The Franklin Street entrance is the point from which all building heights are measured. The Wacker Drive entrance is six feet higher than the Franklin Street entrance, lower Wacker Drive/Lower Level 1 is approximately 17 feet, 6 inches lower than the Wacker Drive entrance and 11 feet, six inches lower than Franklin Street. The 103rd floor observation deck is 1,354 feet above the Franklin Street entrance. The glass ledges in the Skydeck are on a raised platform 18 inches higher than the rest of the 103rd floor or 1,349 feet, six inches above the Wacker Drive entrance, 1,355 feet, six inches above the Franklin Street entrance and 1,367 feet above lower Wacker Drive/Lower Level 1. The Skydeck elevators rise from Lower Level 2 which gives a total rise of approximately 1,382 feet to the 103rd floor. The building's total building area stands at 351,846 m2 (3,787,200 sq ft) It remains the world's tallest steel-construction building. All taller buildings use concrete or composite construction Designed by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill In July 2009, U.S. Equities Realty led the design and construction of a multi-million dollar renovation of Skydeck Chicago, including the development of The Ledge, a series of glass bays on the 103rd floor that extend from the building providing visitors with unobstructed views of Chicago through the windows and glass floors – 1,353 feet straight down. In addition to The Ledge, the new Skydeck visitor center features museum-quality interactive exhibits.   Nick Myall News editor

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