Jason D. Reece, president, Focus Architecture, Overland Park, Kan.
Jason D. Reece, president, Focus Architecture, Overland Park, Kan.
Marina Towers, Marina City • Location: Chicago • Architect: Bertrand Goldberg • Completed: 1967 • Units: 900 • Notable: Marina City reflected Goldberg’s response to the rapid growth of suburbia following World War II, in an attempt to highlight the importance of cities to America’s cultural fabric. In addition to the 60-story Marina Towers, the mixed-use complex currently houses the Sax Chicago hotel as well as several restaurants, an upscale bowling alley, and a bank.
Marina Towers, Marina City • Location: Chicago • Architect: Bertrand Goldberg • Completed: 1967 • Units: 900 • Notable: Marina City reflected Goldberg’s response to the rapid growth of suburbia following World War II, in an attempt to highlight the importance of cities to America’s cultural fabric. In addition to the 60-story Marina Towers, the mixed-use complex currently houses the Sax Chicago hotel as well as several restaurants, an upscale bowling alley, and a bank.

Affectionately known as the ‘Corn Cob’ ­towers, this modern icon was the tallest reinforced-concrete structure in the world when completed. Goldberg had envisioned a ‘city within a city’ that capitalized on the concept of a mixed-use project that ­captured both daytime and nightlife activities. Marina ­Towers was one of the first postwar high-rises built downtown to address the ­housing needs of the time, and it [still evokes the memory of] a true residential renaissance today.

—Jason D. Reece, president, Focus Architecture, Overland Park, Kan.