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John Hancock Center – “X-Bracing”

Posted by Jae on January 29, 2009

John Hancock Tower

John Hancock Tower

The John Hancock Center in Chicago, USA, is a 1969 completed, 100 floor, 344 m (457 m to the tip of antenna) tall skyscraper designed by structural engineer Fazlur Khan. When completed in 1969, it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. Currently, it is the fourth-tallest skyscraper in Chicago and the six-tallest in the United States. The building is home to offices and restaurants, as well as about 700 condominiums and contains the 2nd highest residences in the world. This skyscraper was named for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, a developer and original tenant of the building. The building is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.

The 95th floor has long been home to a restaurant, the latest tenant being “The Signature Room on the 95th Floor.” While patrons dine, they can look out at Chicago and Lake Michigan. The Hancock Observatory compete with the Sears Tower’s Skydeck across town. The Hancock Center 94th floor observation deck displays exhibits about the city of Chicago. Maps explain the view in each direction and a special meshed-in area allows the visitors to feel the winds 314 m above ground level. The 44th-floor sky lobby features America’s highest indoor swimming pool. A band of white lights at the top of the building is visible all over Chicago at night and changes colors for different holidays.

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