Lake Point Tower is a residential building located in the Lake Michigan lakefront in downtown Chicago. It is considered as the only skyscraper east of Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago. Because of this, it is quite distinguishable and stands out from among its surroundings.
Lake Point Tower History
Despite its modern look, Lake Point Tower is relatively an old building. It was constructed in 1965 and was completed around 1968. It was designed by John Heinrich and George Schipporeit who were also students of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the notable architects of the Bauhaus Movement and the International Style School. During its completion in 1968, it was considered then as the tallest apartment building in the world.
Lake Point Tower Architecture
The Lake Point Tower was inspired by an unbuilt glass curtained skyscraper concept first designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1922. It features a facade of a curving curtain wall made up of bronze tinted glass framed with gold anodized aluminum. It follows the International Style of architecture.
Lake Point Tower Features
The Lake Point Tower stands 645 feet or 197 meters high and contains a total of 70 floors. It is considered as the shortest skyscraper in the world to have 70 floors. It is one of the first skyscrapers to follow the “Park in the City” concept where a building is designed with its own park. The Lake Point Tower has its own 2.5 acre park which includes a playground, pool, duck pond and water falls located 3 stories above ground. The ground and 2nd floors of the building contain shops and restaurants with a 3rd floor park.