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The Stories Behind 17 Skyscrapers & High-Rise Buildings That Changed Architecture

One Chase Manhattan Plaza photo © JP Morgan Chase Archives, Willis Tower photo © Ezra Stoller | Esto

The skyscraper: representative of spatial economy and a symbol of power. This building typology has a storied, turbulent and even contested past. Here, we bring you a selection some of the skyscrapers and high-rise buildings featured in our AD Classics section...

Completed in 1961, the 60 story [One Chase Manhattan Plaza] by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM is a coming of age story for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill's presence as a national leader of corporate architectural design that evokes efficiency and functionality...

Towering over the windy city of Chicago, the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) was once the tallest building in the world upon its completion in 1973. The "bundled-tube" configuration was innovated by engineer Fazlur R. Khan from SOM, and these nine tubes formed the skyscraper's basic structure.

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