Chicago Spire – Chicago (USA)

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Financial issues paralyzed construction of this modest 610m (2000ft) skyscraper leaving a huge hole in the ground. When building started the architect Santiago Calatrava´s wife stated people would forget about the tower´s real name as they would be calling it the “Calatrava Tower.” So far it is the “Calatrava Pit” at best…

The following are crude notes and links I have gathered during my research. The information may be in various languages and is being updated during the research process until a full article is written. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Spire

The Chicago Spire was a supertall skyscraper project in ChicagoIllinois that was abandoned in 2008 with only its foundation work completed. The construction was halted after several years of on-going financing challenges

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Size matters

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Calatrava´s models remind me of the movie This is Spinal Tap:

 

“Forget this! Fuck the napkin!” Calatrava is known to draw projects on napkins during diners with politician friends.

“There was a Stonehenge model on the stage that was in danger of being crushed… by a dwarf”

No perdáis de vista a su mujer. En la inauguración de una torre de una compañía en Chicago, su señora le espetó al presidente: “olvídese del nombre de su empresa, esta torre será conocida como la Torre Calatrava”. Hay que ser engreída.

http://www.lapaginadefinitiva.com/weblogs/paellarusa/2011/04/17/calatrava-un-arquitecto-mediocre-que-sabe-vender/1102

Fordham Spire

http://arcchicago.blogspot.com.es/2013/03/the-end-of-epic-dream-calatravas.html

http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20130314/CRED03/130319891/broker-seeks-buyer-for-chicago-spire-debt

Santiago Calatrava to Chicago Spire Developer: “You owe me MONEY!!”.  By the fall of 2008, it was all beginning to unravel, with liens being placed against the project, including one for $11.3 milion from Calatrava.  One reader suggests making Calatrava’s images into posters.

http://lynnbecker.com/repeat/calatravachicago/calatravachicago.htm

http://lynnbecker.com/repeat/calatravachicago/calatravakelleher.htmS

http://lynnbecker.com/repeat/calatravachicago/calatravaexplains.htm

http://arcchicago.blogspot.com.es/2007/04/calatrava-spire-goes-before-plan.html

http://lynnbecker.com/repeat/calatravachicago/calatravaspirestart.htm

http://lynnbecker.com/repeat/calatravachicago/calatravapersonsofinterest.htm

http://lynnbecker.com/repeat/calatravachicago/calatravasoundtrack.htm

http://arcchicago.blogspot.com.es/2008/03/chicago-spire-planetarily-otorious.html

http://arcchicago.blogspot.com.es/2008/10/santiago-calatrava-to-chicago-spire.html

http://www.neweastside.org/chicagospire2007.html

Somehow, the similarity between Santiago Calatrava and Bert Gordon has never struck me before, but Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting  (http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=9999200031452 )

this afternoon that the Spanish architect has gone on strike. Claiming he hasn’t been getting paid, he’s stopping working on the Chicago Spire, and placed a $11.3 lien against Garrett Kelleher’s Shelbourne Development, with Perkins+Will filing another lien for $4.85 million. Read the full story here.

http://arcchicago.blogspot.com.es/2010/02/blog-post.html

http://arcchicago.blogspot.com.es/2010/03/calatrava-spire-it-comes-and-goes.html

http://arcchicago.blogspot.com.es/2010/05/alexander-lehnerer-and-team-win-1st.html

http://www.idealista.com/news/archivo/2013/09/13/0662859-como-el-que-iba-a-ser-el-rascacielos-mas-alto-de-eeuu-acabo-convertido-en-un-enorme-e-inutil-aguj

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