Swedes in Chicago
As a native Swede who worked in Stockholm professionally, AltusWorks’ Joakim Backstrom often has the pleasure to serve as tour guide of our great City for visiting Swedish A/E firms. True to form, he recently greeted about 25 people from the Structor Group (www.structor.se) who were motivated to experience Chicago’s Architecture Biennial.
Although the group toured, dined, and certainly enjoyed the best of Chicago; the business focus was high-rise construction. To this end, Joakim arranged tours of two of the city’s most cutting edge designs. At 150 North Riverside, the group observed the rising core and shell of a high-rise along the river that cantilevers active rail lines on two sides while 500 N. Lake Shore Drive showcased a recently finished high-rise that fostered further discussions of what the current luxury rental and condominium market can offer.