[ENG] A new architectural icon in Chicago, USA [ESP] Un nuevo ícono arquitectónico en Chicago, USA

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A new architectural icon in Chicago, USA

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Cask throughout the heart of the building (El Barril en todo el corazón del edificio). Photo by Wilfredo Urbina

     I would like to start this post by wishing you a good start to the year full of health, peace and well-being. This time I am going to present a building inaugurated in 2019, built on top of another building from the 90s of the last century, which houses the modern facilities of a North American food company known as Starbucks. Considered the largest in the chain, it was built in Chicago, Illinois, USA on a corner that gives it a lot of visibility, in addition to its own striking structure, passers-by cannot help but be attracted by it. The photos that accompany the writing are, firstly, of my friend Wilfredo Urbina *, professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago and, secondly, a series of photos selected from the internet to accompany those of friend Urbina. I hope you like both the photos and the post; As always, I look forward to your support and comments that can enrich us day by day.


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The new Starbucks building in Chicago can be seen inside from the streets that surround it (El nuevo edifico de Starbucks en Chicago puede ser apreciado en su interior desde las calles que lo circundan) Image

     The world's largest Starbucks opened on November 15, 2019 on Michigan Avenue and Erie Street, in the Windy City, as Chicago is known, under the name Starbucks Reserve Roastery, the best-known coffee shop in the USA, whose gigantic facilities exist in other cities: Seattle, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Milan and now Chicago.



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The Starbucks bakery with its green ribbed ceilings and excellent lighting. (La pastelería de Starbucks con sus techos verdes acanalados y excelente iluminación). Photo by Wilfredo Urbina

     The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chicago consists of four floors and a terrace, an area of 43,000 square feet, about 3,995 square meters and was built on a former location occupied by Crate & Barrel in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood of the city. In addition to the variety of coffees they serve daily, they also have bars with craft cocktails and serve fancier food than a normal Starbucks location. The Chicago Roastery is a three-dimensional building, built with the intention of being a five-story tribute to the art, architecture and culture of the city by this coffee company.


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Arriviamo Cocktail Bar,very spacious and excellently well decorated (Bar de cockteles “arriviamo”, muy amplio y excelentemente bien decorado) Image

     The architecture, interior design and planning firm “Solomon Cordwell Buenz” (SBC) was commissioned to design this new icon of the city of Chicago, with the advice of interior designers Perkins + Wil; the glassy white metal building features a rounded corner housing escalators and an angled wall on the ceiling. Jill Enomoto, who has been a Starbucks designer since 2008, was in charge of the execution of this five-story project, which has beautiful windows, fenestrations, an immense skylight designed to illuminate the different floors; according to her, the design was inspired by the city itself. The materials used for its construction are those already used in other buildings of the company: jet black metal to cover the walls, the accents of light and dark wood on the bars and ceilings, with a classic bronze finish that covers the railings and the machinery. Something different is the extensive use of soft green throughout the space, especially in the perforated wood panels that line the ceiling.


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Gigantic Starbucks Reserve Roastery blackboard (Gigantesca pizarra del Starbucks Reserve Roastery). Photo by Wilfredo Urbina

     At the centerpiece of the building is a 56-foot steel and aluminum barrel, consisting of eight cylindrical chambers, with a bronze finish, a sculptural blend of form and function, where coffee beans are stored and degassed after be roasted. The bronze-colored barrel has a perforated shell that reveals roasted grains that move through tubes in all directions and then accumulate throughout the day like grains of sand in an hourglass.

     As soon as you enter the building, the light, circulation and works of art force you to look up, where you can see the vaulted ceiling at the top, and it is impressive to observe a curved Mitsubishi escalator, ascending to each floor, rotating in a spiral, unfolding like a shell, its construction required 18 months of manufacture in Japan, one month of shipping by sea and six months for assembly.


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Experiential Coffe bar, latest brewing and perfect pairing techniques, located in such a way that you can almost see the entire structure of the building. (Barra de café experimental, últimas técnicas de brewing y perfect pairingl, situada de forma tal que casi se percibe toda la estructura del edificio) Image

     The roof has been designed, on the one hand, with rings of shades of green spiraling outwards to symbolize the rays of the sun touching hills of green coffee trees and, on the other, in such a way that it combines with the general structure of the building and allows incorporate new technological elements that improve acoustics and introduce HVAC, Wi-Fi, among others.

     This Starbucks features, unlike regular outlets, a cafe dedicated to centuries-old barrel-aging crafts with a Starbucks variety of non-alcoholic coffee drinks, evoking the flavors infused in the coffee on the barrel. The structure has spectacular bathrooms, a terrace, a shop to buy souvenirs, etc.

     Each Starbucks Roastery has a unique mermaid; the Chicago one, located between the third and fourth floors, was painted by local Chicago artist David Anthony Geary. "She is floating there, weightless in space, holding a branch of coffee. During the day, she is bathed in light from the skylight and slowly transforms throughout the day," said Jill Enomoto (https: //stories.starbucks .com / stories / 2019 / new-starbucks-reserve-roastery-a-love-letter-to-chicago/).

     A mural, by the artist Eulojio Ortega, nicknamed "The Chicago Muralist", as a tribute to the farmers and coffee regions of the world, spans five floors, showing the different stages that the coffee tree undergoes, from its plantation to harvest. Finally, as far as art is concerned, on the fourth floor, a mural by the artist Molly Z is exhibited, as a demonstration of the love that this artist professes for the architecture, music, art, nature and climate of the city of Chicago and its people.


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The building displays murals by local artists on its walls, including a gigantic five-story piece by Chicago artist Eulojio Ortega, paying homage to coffee farmers. (La edificación muestra en sus paredes murales de artistas locales, incluida una pieza gigantesca que abarca cinco pisos, del artista de Chicago Eulojio Ortega, en homenaje a los agricultores del café) Image

     Consulted material:
1.- Starbucks Reserve CHICAGO ROASTERY DESIGN: https://www.starbucksreserve.com/en-us/locations/chicago/highlights
2.- Peiper, Heidi and Maggie Jantzen (2019): Top 10 things to know about Starbucks Chicago Roastery https://stories.starbucks.com/stories/2019/top-10-things-to-know-about-starbucks-chicago-roastery/


Un nuevo ícono arquitectónico en Chicago, USA

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Surrounding the barrel is a curved escalator that goes from the first to the second floor, in a 360 degree tour. (Rodeando el barril hay una escalera mecánica curva que va del primer al segundo piso, en un recorrido de 360 grados,) Photo by Wilfredo Urbina

     Quisiera iniciar este post deseándoles un buen inicio de año lleno de salud, paz y bienestar. En esta oportunidad les voy a presentar un edificio inaugurado en 2019, construido sobre otro edificio de los años 90 del siglo pasado, que alberga las modernas instalaciones de una empresa de alimentos norteamericana conocida como Starbucks. Considerado el más grande de la cadena, fue edificado en Chicago, Illinois, USA en una esquina que le da mucha visibilidad, además que por su propia estructura llamativa los transeúntes no pueden dejar de ser atraídos por ella. Las fotos que acompañan el escrito son, en primer lugar, de mi amigo Wilfredo Urbina*, profesor de la Roosevelt University en Chicago y, en segundo lugar, una serie de fotos seleccionadas de internet para acompañar las del amigo Urbina. Espero les agrade tanto las fotos como el post; como siempre, espero su apoyo y comentarios que nos puedan enriquecer día a día. * [email protected]

     El Starbucks más grande del mundo abrió el 15 de noviembre de 2019 en Michigan Avenue y Erie Street, de la ciudad de los vientos, como es conocida Chicago, bajo el nombre Starbucks Reserve Roastery, la cafetería más conocida de USA, cuyas gigantescas instalaciones existen en otras ciudades: Seattle, Nueva York, Tokio, Shanghái, Milan y ahora Chicago.

     El Starbucks Reserve Roastery en Chicago consta de cuatro pisos y una terraza, una superficie de 43.000 pies cuadrados, alrededor de 3.995 metros cuadrados y fue construido en una antigua ubicación ocupada por Crate & Barrel en el vecindario Magnificent Mile de la ciudad. Además de la variedad de cafés que sirven a diario, también tienen bares con cócteles artesanales y sirven comida más elegante que una ubicación normal de Starbucks. El Chicago Roastery es un edificio tridimensional, construido con la intención de ser un tributo de cinco pisos al arte, la arquitectura y la cultura de la ciudad por parte de esta empresa del café.


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Dibujo de la maqueta del nuevoStarbucks Reserve en Chicago Image

     La firma de arquitectura, diseño de interiores y planificación “Solomon Cordwell Buenz” (SBC) fue la encargada de diseñar este nuevo ícono de la ciudad de Chicago, con el asesoramiento de los diseñadores de interiores Perkins + Wil; el edificio vidrioso de metal blanco presenta una esquina redondeada que alberga escaleras mecánicas y, en el techo, una pared en ángulo. Jill Enomoto, quien ha sido diseñadora de Starbucks desde 2008, fue la encargada de la ejecución de este proyecto, de cinco plantas, que cuenta con hermosas ventanas, fenestraciones, un inmenso tragaluz diseñado para iluminar los diferentes pisos; según ella, el diseño se inspiró en la ciudad misma. Los materiales utilizados para su construcción son los ya usados en otros edificios de la empresa: metal negro azabache para cubrir las paredes, los acentos de madera clara y oscura en las barras y los techos, con un acabado de bronce clásico que reviste las barandillas y la maquinaria. Algo distinto es el amplio uso del verde suave en todo el espacio, especialmente en los paneles de madera perforada que recubren el techo.


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Starbucks Reserve Coffee Bar, where you can buy Italian food in a spacious, comfortable and attractive place (Barra del Starbucks Reserve para adquirir comida italiana, en un amplio, cómodo y atractivo lugar). Photo by Wilfredo Urbina

     Como pieza central del edificio se encuentra un barril de acero y aluminio de 56 pies, que consta de ocho cámaras cilíndricas, con un acabado de bronce, una mezcla escultural de forma y función, donde los granos de café se almacenan y se desgasifican después de ser tostados. El barril de color bronce tiene una cáscara perforada que revela granos tostados que se mueven a través de tubos en todas direcciones y luego se acumulan a lo largo del día como granos de arena en un reloj de arena.


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Mural by the artist Eulojio Ortega homage to farmers and coffee growing regions of the world (Mural del artista Eulojio Ortega homenaje a los agricultores y las regiones cafetaleras del mundo).Photo taken by Wilfredo Urbina

     Apenas se entra al edificio, la luz, la circulación y las obras de arte obligan a mirar hacia arriba, donde se puede apreciar el techo abovedado en lo alto, e impresiona observar una escalera mecánica curvada Mitsubishi, ascendiendo a cada piso, girando en espiral, desplegándose como una concha, para su construcción se requirieron 18 meses de fabricación en Japón, un mes de envío por mar y seis meses para su montaje.

     El techo ha sido diseñado, por una parte, con anillos de tonos de verde en espiral hacia afuera para simbolizar los rayos del sol tocando colinas de cafetos verdes y, por la otra, de tal manera que conjugue con la estructura general del edificio y permita incorporar nuevos elementos tecnológicos que mejoren la acústica e introduzcan HVAC, Wi-Fi, entre otros.

     Este Starbucks cuenta, a diferencia de los locales normales, con una cafetería dedicada a la artesanía centenaria del envejecimiento en barrica con una variedad de Starbucks de bebidas de café sin alcohol, que evocan los sabores infundidos en el café del barril. La estructura cuenta con unos baños espectaculares, una terraza, una tienda para comprar souvenirs, etc.


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One of the bars in an irregular shape (Una de las barras en forma irregular) Image

     Cada Roastery de Starbucks tiene una sirena única; la de Chicago, ubicada entre el tercer y cuarto piso, fue pintada por el artista local de Chicago David Anthony Geary. "Ella está flotando allí, ingrávida en el espacio, sosteniendo una rama de café. Durante el día, está bañada por la luz del tragaluz y se transforma lentamente a lo largo del día", dijo Jill Enomoto (https://stories.starbucks.com/stories/2019/new-starbucks-reserve-roastery-a-love-letter-to-chicago/).


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In line to buy the products of the day (En fila para adquirir los productos del día). Photo by Wilfredo Urbina

     Un mural, del artista Eulojio Ortega, apodado “El muralista de Chicago”, como homenaje a los agricultores y las regiones cafetaleras del mundo, se extiende por los cinco pisos, mostrando las distintas etapas que sufre el cafeto, desde su plantación hasta la cosecha. Por último, en lo que a arte se refiere, en el piso cuatro, se exhibe un mural de la artista Molly Z, como demostración del amor que esta artista le profesa a la arquitectura, música, arte, naturaleza y clima de la ciudad de Chicago y su gente.

     Material consultado:
1.- Starbucks Reserve CHICAGO ROASTERY DESIGN: https://www.starbucksreserve.com/en-us/locations/chicago/highlights
2.- Peiper, Heidi and Maggie Jantzen (2019): Top 10 things to know about Starbucks Chicago Roastery https://stories.starbucks.com/stories/2019/top-10-things-to-know-about-starbucks-chicago-roastery/

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The golden and bronze interior fits well. The glass facade showcases that beautiful cask. !discovery 20

Hello juecoree friend, thanks for commenting on my post. It's amazing these gigantic new Starbucks structures, and to think that it's a modification of an existing structure. Happy weekend, a fraternal greeting.

I finally had a glimpse of the largest store of Starbucks. Greetings and have a nice day ahead.

Hello afterglow, good morning from Caracas. I'm glad you managed to get a glimpse, albeit a virtual one, of this latest, so far, gigantic Starbucks. Receive a fraternal greeting and my wishes for a happy weekend.

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