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Sears Tower; Chicago, Illinois

The Sears Tower in Chicago is currently the tallest building in the U.S. and the third tallest in the world at 110 stories and 1450 feet with over 3.8 million square feet of office and retail space. The tower was completed in 1973 and held the title of the world's tallest building for 25 years (taken over by the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia in 1998 and then Taipei 101 in 2004), although the Sears tower still holds one record: tallest to the tips of the antennas (but that's stretching it right?).

The design is based on a system of framed tube construction and built to withstand the pressures of gravity and wind (Chicago is the windy city afterall). The architects compare it to a bundle of cigarrettes where a few have been pulled up with each to a different height. The tower is nine bundles forming a squre, the front three of which you can see here and some of the others peeking out behind it, creating quite a unique design.

Only had a few seconds to snap this shot; we decided to head to the top prior to going to the airport, and thus were a little short on time. We were trying to catch a taxi as I smapped this one, so I didn't have a lot of choice on the angle. I still think this one came out quite nice though.

Info from http://www.thesearstower.com/home2.axis

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