I wouldn’t necessarily say the Trump International Hotel & Tower is one you’ve walked past a million times without noticing it, but have you really looked at it?
I have/had mixed feelings on the Tower. From far away I think it’s fantastic, a great balance between the Hancock and Willis (I know I know) Tower. It evens out the skyline and presents a lovely blue glass sheer between those two dark buildings. But from close up, it seems out of place. Sitting on the river with the other buildings it’s just so BIG. It loses some of it’s beauty close up, but certainly retains its presence. I also love buildings that change depending on the light. The Trump Tower looks totally different on a sunny day than it looks on a cloudy dark day.
The Trump Tower was designed by Adrian Smith when he still worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (designers of the Willis Tower and Hancock and a bajillion other buildings). Adrian Smith now runs his own place Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture. They are bigwigs now in Dubai and Smith was the architect for the Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world. I once went to a lecture in their office and besides Gordon Gill being kind of a hottie, the office was amazing and their green projects for Dubai are so cool. I want to go to Dubai.
It’s 92 stories and the
seventh, sixth largest building in the world. It’s the tallest concrete building in the world and the tallest built in North America since the Willis went up in 1974. It’s a kind of mix of modernist and contextual architecture. It’s modernist because it’s all glass, no ornament or historical context at all – yet the building does have context relating to where it stands.
It has setbacks as it grows upward, set at the relative heights of the Wrigley Building, the old IBM building and Marina City, paying homage to the buildings it stands next to – context. Yet, it seems to miss its context at river level where it just becomes a big blue wall, it loses its human scale.
Trump Tower includes a hotel – I checked – the cheapest room I could get for Nov. 22 is only a measly $345.00, the most expensive one is a two bedroom suite for $1,465.00. Yeah, so I booked it. Not. I’m sure there’s some huge fancy penthouse available for 10K a night, but they don’t list that on the internets. Go figure.
A gummi bear flight is 18.00 and the cheapest thing I could find was cookies and milk for $14.00. It has a spa and a personal attache (I’m too broke to even know what that means) and hell, anything else you could ask for. If you live there you could have 24-hour room service and a 24-hour “white-gloved” doorman.
I have a “white-gloved” doorman, except I call it “my keys” and my “porch light.”
I have a little architectural crush on Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, I think their buildings are beautiful and space-like and I like the Tower…mostly. Honestly I wish it had been built just a smidge back from the river, not directly on it, but you know what? No one asked me. Maybe next time.