Chicago Architecture Photograph – Aqua Building

A stunning monochrome image of the award-winning Aqua skyscraper in Chicago. This Chicago architecture photograph is part of a series in black and white.

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A highlight in my Chicago architecture photograph collection, the Aqua skyscraper is one of the most famous and loved buildings in Chicago. Standing at 80 storeys high, this award-winning building can be found in the Lakeshore East area, an area of rapid development on the shores of Lake Michigan. Incredibly, Aqua is the first skyscraper designed by the architects, Studio Gang Designs, yet has received a number of architectural awards and was awarded skyscraper of the year in 2009. Designed as mixed use Aqua contains private living space and a hotel as well as gardens, gazebos, pools, hot tubs and an exercise area.

Viewing Aqua from street level gives the illusion of looking at puddles in sand. This is due to the unusual undulating balconies which were inspired by limestone outcroppings in Lake Michigan, and floor to ceiling windows. For this reason the building is affectionately known as ‘Footsteps in the Sand’.

All Chicago architecture photograph prints are available on professional semi-gloss or matte photographic paper. Each original print will be signed and fully mounted in your choice of black, cream or white card. Your artwork will be shipped in board-backed packaging within a sealed protective sleeve.

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A4, 8×10, 7×5

Card Colour

Black, White, Cream

Paper Type

Matte, Semi-Gloss


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