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Construction of tallest residential building in the world underway in Chicago

The tallest residential building in the world and the tallest building in the US are just two of the superlatives currently being applied to the Chicago Spire.
Irish property developers Shelbourne Developments last week officially launched the building, which will stand 609m tall and include 1,193 apartments. It will surpass the proposed Freedom Tower on New York’s Ground Zero site by more than 60m.

The Spire, designed by Santiago Calatrava with principal design team members including Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineers) and Cosentini (Mechanical/Electrical Engineers), will create a new Chicago lakefront destination. Each floor rotates on an average 2.44° from the one below, with a total rotation of 360° as it reaches its pinnacle.

The Spire also boasts a base-to-height ratio approaching one to 10, making it the most slender supertall building in the world.

Construction began in June 2007 with completion and occupancy expected in the final quarter of 2011.

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