We last heard about real estate firm Tishman Speyer's angular glass office tower project for Franklin and Randolph over a year ago, but now the project appears that it may be finally moving forward. The 49 story, 696 foot commercial office tower was designed by a joint effort between Gensler, Krueck & Sexton, and Thornton Tomasetti, and according to a source close to the project, is expected to begin construction around March 2015. Krueck & Sexton gained much renown in the architectural design world for their design of the Spertus Institute on Michigan Avenue, with an angular glass design said to be the inspiration for Roosevelt University's Vertical Campus tower, and a theme that clearly continues in this tower.
According to a source familiar with the project, there will be a restaurant and retail space along the ground floor, a five story above-ground parking structure with 182 spaces, a landscaped terrace located on the fifth floor and a green roof at the very top of the tower.
The latest Krueck & Sexton renderings for the project are from 2012, so it's tough to say if the design we've seen so far reflects what will actually be built, but we sure hope this beautiful design and followup to one of Chicago's most influential designs can make its mark in the Loop.
·130 North Franklin Street [Krueck+Sexton]
·This is What 130 N Franklin Should Look Like... [Curbed Chicago]