Lighthouse, by Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava - Fordham Spire Chicago

The Fordham Spire in Chicago that is designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava uses an ambiguous iconography. Does it look like a screw, or maybe a birthday-candle?

Screw

Skyscrapercity - Chicago Candle

Personally I tend to see the building using one of the traditional iconographies of skyscrapers that Rem Koolhaas already distinguished in ‘Delirious New York’ - the lighthouse. The position of the building at the ’shore’ of Michigan Lake reinforced that concept.

Lighthouse


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