An architectural model of Lake Point Tower. Tower is black, over models of trees, river, and ponds.
Height: (27 in); Width: (81 in); Depth: (38 in)
This architectural model of Lake Point Tower was designed in 1965 prior to breaking ground on the actual building.
This architectural model depicts Lake Point Tower, the first skyscraper constructed with curving glass. The structure is considered an "aesthetic and structural tour de force". The seventy-story apartment building is based upon a Y-shaped plan that affords spectacular views of Lake Michigan while preserving residents' privacy. The building's development team, led by architects George D. Schipporeit and John Heinrich, drew upon a design vocabulary developed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe in the 1940s and 1950s. Lake Point Tower was the tallest completely residential structure in the world from 1968 to 1993, and helped recast Chicago's image as a forward-looking city.