Long known as the Sears Tower, the recently renamed Willis Tower is an icon of the Chicago skyline and remains its tallest building. The 110-story skyscraper was built in 1973 and designed by Bruce Graham at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). An ambitious, newly executed $500M repositioning project brings the 20th-century marvel’s street-level into the 21st century with expanded retail, community space, and a dramatic Winter Garden.
Building Blocks worked with the project’s architects to design, produce, and manage terra cotta for the tower’s new podium. It is used on the exterior as cladding and featured in the main portals. The same terra cotta is carried throughout the interior as panels and bricks in the lobby, courtyard, and elevator bays. The overall effect is a thoroughly contemporary look that nod’s to Chicago’s rich history of terra cotta architecture.
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