Sunday, 12 October 2008

Skyscrapers: Trump Tower Chicago

The Trump Tower is Donald Trump's latest residential project, located on the north side of the Chicago River, in the heart of Chicago. The skyscraper rises to 415 metres above the streets of the city, making it the second tallest tower in Chicago when completed later this year.

The Trump Tower contains 96 floors, and when it opens will break the world record for highest apartments above the ground, on the 89th floor. The tower will contain 242,000 square metres of floor space, mostly taken up by condominiums, a luxury hotel, retail space, and a parking garage on the lower floors well hidden by the glass.

The Trump Tower was originally touted by Donald Trump as the future world's tallest building in 2001, but the heightened terrorist threat after 9/11 meant that the building was scaled down several hundred feet (and the plans were, like those of every other skyscraper in North America, put on hold). The building's construction has been managed by Bill Rancic, the first winner of Trump's popular TV show "The Apprentice".

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