Alcoa Building

Skidmore Owings & Merrill

The two sides of the skyscraper

Like the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, which it anticipates by a year or so, the Alcoa Building uses external trusses--large x-braces. Unlike those in the "windy city," these are provided for stability against seismic disturbances. The building is sheathed in bronze-tinted anodized aluminum.

The skyscraper is built on a base, providing terraced gardens.

Other works by Skidmore Owings and Merrill on this site include: Beinecke Rare Book Library (Yale), Crown Zellerback Building, Columbus City Hall, Richard J. Daley Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Fort Wayne Art Museum, Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology, Hastings College of Law, Hirshhorn Museum, John Hancock Building, Lever House, Olivetti Building, The Republic (Newspaper) Building, and the Sears Tower. .

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