Monday, April 6, 2009

Chicago's Marina City

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I have always thought these towers were amazing. The Marina City apartment complex was designed in 1959 and was completed in 1964. When finished, the two towers were both the tallest residential buildings and the tallest reinforced concrete structures in the world. The complex was billed as a "city within a city", featuring numerous on-site facilities including a theatre, gym, swimming pool, ice rink, bowling alley, several stores and restaurants, and of course, a marina on the Chicago River. Notice that the bottom 19 floors form an exposed spiral parking ramp.

Marina City apartments are unique in containing almost no interior right angles. Every single living room and bedroom in Marina City has a balcony overlooking one of the most magnificent cities in North America (in my humble opinion).

9 comments:

Jay said...

I have never been there... but when I go, i will sure to take note of these. This is a gerat shot!

Ron said...

Oh man, every time I'm in Chicago I see this building. Great shot, Dan! I'll pay closer attention next time when I pass by.

Dan Denardo said...

Jay, you don't want to be in the Midwest anytime soon. We had a 2" snowfall yesterday!!! I'm ready to move to Georgia.

Ron, I too see these high-rises every time I'm in Chi-town. One of these days I'm gonna go in and check'em out on the inside. I've always admired them. To me they look like George Jetson could live there. Maybe George Jetson is before your time....

Jay said...

What?? Snow? --- I just bought 250 plastic eggs for a HUGE outdoor egg hunt we're hosting over here this weekend...

I will save my trip to the midwest for a later date... I did learn a secret to travel though, I am sure that your wife has learned this same trick too. If I find somewhere that I want to go, all I have to do is find a close marathon/triathlon. It seals the deal... So, when is there a race in Chicago? :)

...and I, too, thought about the Jetson's when I saw this picture! haha.

Dan Denardo said...

Hahaha! You're on to me, Jay. Yes, there is a Chicago marathon and my family LOVES Chicago. I've run it quite a few times as a result. However, the last time I ran it, it was 88 degrees by 10 a.m., so I'm cured of doing THAT one.

And you're not old enough to know who the Jetson's are!

TheChicGeek said...

Wow, those are really freaky buildings. Neat picture :) I hear the "Windy City" is beautiful!

Javier said...

God what a complex!!! I've never been to Chicago, nor to America for that matter, but I'm sure to remember these two just in case!

have a great week, Dan! thanks for dropping by!

Cheers!

Andy Richards said...

Love your perspective and composition on these, Dan -- especially the ephemeral way the tops fade into what looks like fog or clouds?? I have tried to photograph this complex a numbr of times and never come back with what I would define as a successful result.

These towers are hard-to-miss landmarks from almost anywhere downtown. Their architecture is unique so they stand out. They are kind of at a junction of roads coming in from different directions and so, are easy to use as a kind of frame-of-reference to where you are. I love Chicago's "urban canyons" as a cityscape destination. There is something about the morning light there.

Dan Denardo said...

Hey, Andy, good to hear from you. I've got a feeling you're selling yourself short on your results..as I've seen your work!! Hope you're doing well. Happy Easter!