Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Skyscraper Building Photography

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For the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Skyscraper Building Photography project, our Construction Company client’s project and photo shoot required a bit of strategizing.  Strategizing for each client project is typical, but especially necessary for these photos due to not only to photographing the building skyscraper’s full height, but also due to the location & elevation direction. The Lurie Children’s Hospital facility sits one 1.8 acres of land on one of the most visited sections in downtown Chicago – with an estimated 30,000 Northwestern Medicine staff alone in the medical districts area. Affiliated with and sitting on Northwestern Memorial Hospital campus, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago sits in the heart of downtown and inside the bustling mixed-use district of Chicago’s magnificent mile neighborhood where several hotels, residential, offices, restaurants, shopping and museums surround. With our experience photographing buildings in Chicago since 2008, it was easy to balance all of these elements during the photo shoot. Lurie Children’s Hospital’s main elevation faces Chicago Avenue looking North onto the lawn of Musuem of Contemporary Art. With our strategizing, planning and advanced research, Miller+Miller easily planned ahead for a few photographic challenges, strategizing for Lurie’s north facing building facade, and high-rise construction building Chicago photography as desired.

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The new construction plans for The Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago high-rise skyscraper medical building included a modern & new building design, and plans to improve the operational efficiency of the medical facility. Construction started in 2008 and completed in 2012.  The new Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Building’s construction hospital facility stands 22 floors above the ground and is located in Chicago’s urban neighborhood where buildings extend all the way to the sidewalks with no empty building space left on each square block.  The Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital was 1 building elevation in a list of 15 properties we photographed for our Construction Company client’s portfolio of past construction work.  (Click here to view all of our posts & photography of Buildings at Northwestern University in Evanston and Chicago medical campuses)

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Miller + Miller Architectural Photography has photographed several new construction hospital & medical centers and skyscraper buildings around Chicago. The concrete, glass and steel built Chicago skyscraper tower sits 1,252,919 feet tall.  With the high-rise sitting in the bustling section of downtown Chicago, the location and no option for adding on real estate for the new building design except for going taller, meant the facility would need a unique architectural building design to best fit within the existing neighborhood.  The architects final designs included stacking of the upper level of the skyscraper’s floors creatively, with the east and top portion of the building extending a couple of room to the east, toward Lake Michigan.  The unique structure viewable from the northside extends looks stacked extending off the building’s base to the east which allowed for more room inside the hospital creatively adding stacked look, maximizing the new Lurie hospital’s medical offices, suites, and space within the glass & steel new building construction’s design.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is located on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital complex campus at 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611. The Lurie Children’s Hospital building, also reference by the name of Children’s Memorial Hospital, displays a modern & unique approach to high-rise hospital architecture and building design. The Lurie Children’s hospital was architecturally designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architects scb.com, Anderson Mikos Architects Ltd and ZGF Architects LLP. Structural Engineer & Building Design for the Lurie medical facility by Magnusson Klemencic Associates and construction services by Affiliated Engineers IncM.A. Mortenson Construction Real Estate Development CompanyMortenson.com, Power Construction Company PowerConstruction.net,  Mikyoung Kim Design, ArcelorMittal Steel Construction, Harmon Inc  harmonic.comRWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists.

Based in Chicago, commercial photographers Miller + Miller Architectural Photography photographs and quotes building photography projects Nationwide. Contact us with details about commercial building, hospital renovation, new construction, or high-rise skyscraper medical facility. We look forward to learning about your construction company and commercial photo needs.

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Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel Photos

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The Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, formerly named the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, opened in 2002 in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  As a professional architectural photographer in Chicago with an array of quality, pro lenses purchased specifically for photographing architecture, Miller + Miller Photography team was looking forward to the challenge of photographing the Sofitel and its unique architecture.  As a Chicago Hotel Photographer team, photographing the modern Chicago hotel building was yes a challenge, but has been known to be somewhat difficult for the novice photographer, due to not only the skyscraper’s height but proximity to its neighboring, soaring Chicago buildings adjacent.

The Sofitel Hotel’s exterior building shape is a triangular prism sitting on a square piece of land, with acute angles cutting into the air like the prow of a majestic ship.  Located in the historic district of Chicago crowded with perpendicular skyscrapers, the challenge was to photograph this modern luxury hotel from the street level, in a way that captures the building both flattering to the eye and imagination.  All accomplished with our 10+ years of experience, strategy, and architectural specialty, professional photography lenses.  For one of the images, we were able to include in one photograph both the Sofitel and the Waldorf Astoria hotel skyscrapers together, in one photographed shot.  A somewhat tricky shot to compose with the two hotel’s locations blocks away from one another.

The impressive Sofitel was architecturally designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier.  Photos of the southern façade of the hotel building projects into the sky with a unique knifelike edge extending 33 feet over the East Chestnut Street sidewalk. The iconic building design has been honored within a list of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.  The unique hotel design is a 32-floor prism of glass featuring stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.  A modern, Chicago luxury hotel skyscraper building, the Sofitel’s Gold Coast neighborhood boasts several hospitality establishments and luxury hotels.  The hotel’s downtown area is steps from dynamic shopping, restaurants, nightlife and museums.  A popular area of Chicago for travelers & tourists to stay downtown, the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel’s prime location is minutes away from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and more iconic parts of our famous Windy City.

Contact Miller + Miller Architectural Photography and tell us about your professional hotel photography project’s photo needs.

Chicago is the city where skyscrapers were invented.  Since 2008, Miller + Miller Architecturally Photography has received the luxury of being hired by clients commissioning photo projects and photographing many of the finest architecturally built, skyscrapers and high-rise buildings in Chicago – from hotels to high-rises throughout the Chicago area & nationally around the US.


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