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Calatrava to build highest skyscraper in US

Published on May 10, 2007

10 May 2007

CHICAGO – Spain’s top architect Santiago Calatrava is to design the highest skyscraper in the United States.

The Chicago Spire will be 610 metres in height.

It will be even taller than the city’s Sears Tower, which is 410 metres high and is at present the country’s tallest building.

The building, which is to be constructed by the Irish-based Shelbourne Development Group, should be finished in 2010.

The Chicago Spire, on which work is to begin this month, is much higher than the 542m-high Liberty Tower in New York which is to be built on the site of the World Trade Centre which was destroyed in terrorist attacks on the U.S. on 9/11.

“Chicago has given its enthusiastic response to the vision of Mr Calatrava and we are keen and feel privileged to be able to have an architectural icon working with us,” said Garrett Kelleher, president of the construction company.

The tower is to include 1,200 flats as well as offices.

It will also have a subterranean garage of six floors and a salon made of transparent crystals.

The tower is also to incorporate environmentally friendly ideas like recycling water.

Once completed, experts think it will be worth up to USD 2 billion.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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