Trump International Hotel & Tower

Trump International Hotel & Tower will be the tallest building project in the United States since the Sears Tower was completed in 1974.

The architectural design strategy for Trump International Hotel & Tower is a contextual one: The south side of the tower parallels the bank of the Chicago River, and this position enables the structure to connect with Chicago's north-south grid. The building is shaped to reflect its orientation along the riverfront, and its width is sensitive to its surroundings.

Through the contemporary synthesis of adjacent building fabrics and modulations, Trump International Hotel & Tower expresses a truly modern architecture. The first setback occurs on the east side of the tower, at a height that is essentially the same as the cornice line of the Wrigley Building to the east. The next setback is on the west side of the tower and relates to both the height of the residential tower to the north and Marina City, to the west. The third and final setback is on the east side of the tower and relates to the height of the IBM Building immediately adjacent.

Setbacks in the tower's massing provide additional connections to the surrounding context and integrate the tower into the overall composition of its riverfront setting. For instance, the facade treatment of this tower relates to the Wrigley Building through the spacing of outset stainless steel tubes; they capture a rhythm that corresponds to the major-minor rhythm of the Wrigley facade.

Materials include a light silver palette of stainless steel and clear anodized aluminum that reflects and refracts light from the sun. The tubes are set out from the glass surface in order to provide density and thickness-as well as a metallic quality-to the otherwise flush glass wall. This mullion system is both vertical and horizontal and provides a delicate latticework to the facade.

The building's massing is lifted by forty feet, opening up an expansive, landscaped promenade that steps down, like terraces on a hillside, for three lower levels, until it meets the Chicago River. This promenade provides a pedestrian connection between Michigan Avenue and State Street. It also provides public assembly spaces and retail activity at the river's edge.