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The Chicago Traveler

Three First National Plaza

by Matt B on August 13th, 2007

In many office buildings, corner offices are prime real estate, and employees do whatever it takes to get these rare spots. One building in Chicago though has made these corner offices a little less rare. In fact, Three First National Plaza has 13 corner offices on each of its lower floors and 9 corner offices on each of the upper ones. How does it manage this seemingly impossible feat? It’s all in the design.

This tower was completed in 1981 and has 57 stories, standing at 767 feet (234 m). Designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (a Chicago-based architectural firm), the building was given its unique sawtooth shape in an effort to not block other buildings’ views. How polite!

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Photo credit: Krzysztof Makara (c/o Wikipedia), yuan2003

Three First National Plaza: 70 W Madison St
Public trans: Bus # 2, 6, 10, 14, 20, X20, 22, 24, 29, 36, 56, 60, 62, 124, 127, 134, 135, 136, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151, 156, 157
Blue/Red Line train (Washington, Monroe)

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