Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Hoo-Hoo Building

Chicago's skyline and architecture is pretty impressive. It's the only city in the world to have more than one building with 100 stories or more (and we're getting a new 150 story building soon).

Even my apartment building, Marina Towers, is an architectural landmark, which is pretty cool.

But there's one building here that's pretty unique, mainly due to the notorious shape of the roof.

Just google "The Vagina Building" and you'll get pics of the Smurfit-Stone Building here in Chicago.

Yep, that's what we call it. I have no idea why.

At night, it's outlined in white lights which gives a diamond shape. Years ago, the "slit" down the middle was outlined in white lights as well, but they removed those about five years ago. It was just way too suggestive.

So yes, Chicago has the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Building. But next time you're in Chicago and driving along Lakeshore Drive, be sure to notice our other notorious building as well.
And try not to giggle.


Oh, by the way, Chicago is bidding to have 2016 Olympic Games here. And here's a pic of the new 150-story Chicago Spire that's going up near the Smurfit-Stone building, to be completed in 2010. (Batteries not included)

What are the city planners thinking?

It'll certainly put us on the map.

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2 Comments:

At 9:44 PM , Blogger Red7Eric said...

DC should really get some architectural "vadge" to match the National Phallic Symb -- er, the Washington Monument.

Interesting bit of trivia about the monument -- did you know that it the original plans included a flat circular building with a domed roof at the base on the spire? Looked exactly like a scrotum. Yup. It did.

 
At 10:21 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Y'all obsessed with hoo-has and wee wees, huh?

 

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