Calatrava Unveils Designs for Chicago Spire Interiors

Life at 2000 feet will have a warm, woody feel
By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2007 6:55 PM CDT
Santiago Calatrava's design for a one-bedroom unit in the Chicago Spire   (Shelbourne Development Group)
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(Newser) – Taking a page from Frank Lloyd Wright's book, architect Santiago Calatrava has created a '"total design" for his Chicago Spire, which will be the the world's tallest residential building upon completion. Unlike Wright, who could be downright dictatorial about what furniture would be placed in his houses (and where), Calatrava's interior designs are mere suggestions.

Tribune architectural critic Blair Kamin likes the four-bedroom design, but has qualms about the one-bedroom design, which he says lacks "well-designed adjacencies."  With studios starting at $750,000 and prices rising to $40 million for the duplex penthouse, a bigger problem for the Spire's developer may be one of the toughest real estate markets in decades.