OneEleven Building

Oneeleven Building
  1. About the OneEleven Building in Chicago
    1. Prizes & Awards
  2. Architect and team
  3. Architectureal style
  4. Spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials

The OneEleven Building is a Contemporary skyscraper designed in 2012 by Handel Architects LLP, with Gary Handel as lead architect,, in association with A. Epstein and Sons International, and built between 2013 and 2014 in Chicago, IL.

OneEleven Building is not the only name you might know this building by though. It is common for companies to want to attach their names to iconic buildings when they move in, or for the general public to come up with nicknames, and this one is no exception. The OneEleven Building is also known, or has been known as, Waterview Tower, or 111 W. Wacker.

Its precise street address is 111 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL. You can also find it on the map here.

The OneEleven Building has received multiple architecture awards for its architectural design since . The following is a list of such prizes and awards:

  • AIA Chicago Distinguished Buildings Award in 2015
  • Best Residential/Hospitality Project - ENR Midwest in 2015
  • Chicago Building Congress Merit Award - Over $55 Million - New Construction Chicago in 2015
  • ULI Chicago Vision Award - Urban Land Institute (ULI) in 2015
  • Development of the Year - Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards in 2015
  • Nominee, Best Tall Building Americas - CTBUH in 2015

The building was supposed to be completed by the end of 2009, but due to the worldwide financial crisis of 2008, which hit the United States particularly hard, the construction was stopped.

By 2012, the developers revived the project, although changing the concept almost completely. The original project was supposed to be a 28-story hotel, and the standing building is a 58-story residential tower.

Building's timeline

Design completed
Construction begins
Construction completed
years ago

Architect and team

Handel Architects LLP, with Gary Handel as the lead architect, was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design, in association with A. Epstein and Sons International.

Handel Architects LLP was in charge of the architectural design, however, architecture is a complex discipline, which usually involves many professionals from different fields, without whom this building would have not been possible. We will surely be leaving out a lot of names here, but here is a list of the people we do know also played their part in making the OneEleven Building a reality:

  • Halvorson and Partners in charge of Structural Engineering
  • Lend Lease as the Main Contractor
  • Lerch Bates in charge of Facade Consultancy
  • Schindler as the company in charge of the elevators system
  • Related Midwest as the Main Developer
  • Cosentini in charge of MEP Engineering
  • KMDG in charge of Landscape Architecture
  • Kara Mann Design in charge of Interior Design

Architectural Style

The OneEleven Building can be categorized as a Contemporary building.

Contemporary style architecture builds on top of the principles of Modernism and Postmodernism, but incorporates other variables which might not have been that important in the past, but certainly are today, such as technology, sustainability, inclusivity, and others.

From a historical point of view, it is hard to categorize things from a not-so-distant time, and therefore we choose to categorize most buildings built after the year 2000 as "Contemporary". It is possible that as time goes by and we, as a society, gain perspective on the things happening today, we'll be able to look back and recategorize all these buildings into more concrete subsections, some of which might not even exist today.

That being said, and even thought being a contemporary building, probably taking advantage of modern materials, construction techniques, and technology, the design of the OneEleven Building is inspired by the international-style style.

Spaces & Uses

The OneEleven Building reaches an architectural height of 614ft (187m). It has a total of 62 floors, 58 above ground and 4 basements, which combined offer a total of 940,001 sqf (87,329m2) of usable space.

In regards to parking space, the building has a total of 470 spots available, which roughly equals 8 spots per floor (above ground), or one parking spot per every 2,002 sqf (186m2) of usable space.

Ever since opening its doors to the public in 2014, the OneEleven Building has mainly been used as Residential space.

About the residences

The OneEleven Building has a total of 504 residential units throughout its 58 floors. If you are interested in learning more about the residences and their availability, you can check the OneEleven Building's website.

614ft (187m)
4 basements

Materials & Structure

The OneEleven Building uses a frame structure made of reinforced concrete columns and beams.

A frame structure uses a combination of beams and columns to sustain the building's weight. The walls in this case are non-load bearing, which allows for more flexibility when distributing the interior spaces.

The facade is non-load bearing either, as it is common in frame structure type buildings.

Since the tower was built on a previous, much lower, abandoned construction building, the existing structure had to be recycled and extended, incorporating the preexistence into the new buidling

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features a curtain with a recessed glass ribbon that elegantly envelops the building, extending seamlessly from its base to the penthouses. As this ribbon climbs up the tower, it not only enhances the visual appeal of the building but also provides opportunities to create green spaces and balconies. On the 25th floor, the ribbon gracefully integrates with the setback of its western neighbor, before curving again to culminate in a verdant rooftop atop the building podium, continuing its ascent toward the sky.