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  • trump_2Architect: SOM          Images: © James Steinkamp Photography


Trump International Hotel + Tower

Trump International Hotel + Tower

The Trump International Hotel + Tower expresses a truly modern architecture consistent with the architectural heritage of Chicago.

The tower is formed to reflect its mixed-use functions and maximize views along its prominent riverfront site. Setbacks in massing provide connections to the surrounding context, relating the tower to the neighboring Wrigley Building and the Mies van der Rohe-designed IBM building to the west. The clear glass and light palette of materials enhance the detail and whiteness of the Wrigley Building while contributing to a shimmering façade.

A cantilevered glass canopy at the Wabash Street entry features a circular ramp, which is connected to the parking levels in the tower. This double helix ramp is clad in a translucent laminated glass and backlit during evenings, adding a lantern-like glow to the adjacent plaza.

At its base, the building is raised thirty feet above Wabash Avenue, opening up a series of landscaped terraces that step down three levels and nearly 70 feet to meet the Chicago River. The promenade provides an open pedestrian walkway and public assembly spaces, further activating the riverfront.

Trump Tower Chicago is a unique mixture of luxury hotel and condominiums, retail space and parking for 1,100 cars. Each condo and hotel unit has floor-to-ceiling double-glazed semi-reflective windows, offering panoramic views of the Chicago skyline.

6 may 10 | The Chicago Tribune
A tale of two urban plazas
Trump's merits a big thumbs up; the Wrigley Building's, a Bronx cheer... MORE

19 nov 08 | The New York Times
A new wind is blowing in Chicago
Even before President-elect Barack Obama takes office in 61 days, effectively crowning Chicago as the site of the Wester White House, the city is basking in a moment of triumph that is spilling well beyond the confines of politics... MORE

6 nov 08 | world-most.com
20 tallest buildings in the world currently under construction
Developers want to shrug off the current economic crisis, but the global downturn could yet quash future high-rise plans... MORE

3 nov 08 | The Chicago Tribune
Skyline on pause: Credit crunch leaves Spire, other towers short
A big chill is about to hit the city of big shoulders. In the wake of the glabal credit crisis, Chicago's once superheated skyline is on the verge of being frozen in place... MORE

15 oct 08 | BusinessWeek 
Undaunted, skyscrapers reach higher
Eager developers want to shrug off the current economic crisis, but the global downturn could yet quash future high-rise plans... MORE

23 sep 08 | The Chicago Tribune
Trump Tower: ready to get spired
Donald Trump will be in Chicago Wednesday for the ceremonial "topping off" of his 92-story riverfront skyscraper, but for my money, the real drama will come next month when a helicopter lifts the tower's ornamental spire into place... MORE

18 aug 08 | The Chicago Tribune
Trump Tower "topping out" vindicating those who said skyscrapers would go on after 9/11
The topping out of the 92-story Trump Tower in Chicago over the weekend represents more than just a construction milestone... MORE

1 feb 08 | Architectural Record
Has the boom gone bust?
The Slowdown Is Upon Us! Recession Looms! If you happen to practice architecture within the housing market, those terms might literally apply to you... MORE

27 nov 05 | The Chicago Sun-Times
Man of steel: Able to leap tall buildings
On opposite sides of the globe, and at the same time, two great towers are rising... MORE

27 nov 05 |  The Chicago Sun-Times
Trump is beefsteak; Dubai is frosting
One is handsome but matter-of-fact and oh-so-muscular skyscraper for the City of Big Shoulders, its elegant sheen barely disguising its underlying assertion of power and practicality... MORE


Adrian Smith, Design Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


The Trump Organization


Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Excellence in Structural Engineering, Most Innovative Structure


Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Design Award


Construction Industry Service Corporation, Project of the Year: New Construction

CTBUH, Best Tall Building Americas, Finalist

Midwest Construction, Project of the Year, Mutlifamily Residential

Midwest Construction, Project of the Year, Overall