Salesforce Tower Undergoes Final Glass Installation in River North

Salesforce Tower ChicagoSalesforce Tower Chicago. Rendering by Pelli Clark Pelli Architects

Glass installation for the 60-story Salesforce Tower at 333 W Wolf Point Plaza is nearly complete. The 850-foot-tall, office-oriented skyscraper by Hines is approaching its anticipated 2023 completion, and already stands out as a cornerstone of the expanding northwest skyline. Featuring a neomodernist design by Pelli Clarke & Partners, the tower is outfitted with a tapered setback massing and a predominantly glass facade.

Salesforce Tower. Photo by Jack Crawford

Salesforce Tower. Photo by Jack Crawford

The skyscraper is part of a three-part mega-development by Hines known as Wolf Point. Located at the confluence of the Chicago River, this scheme also includes a 500-foot apartment tower known as Wolf Point West, as well as a 679-foot apartment tower dubbed Wolf Point East. Together, the three towers are creating a mixed-use complex with over 1,200 residential units and 1.4 million square feet of commercial space.

Salesforce Tower. Photo by Jack Crawford

Salesforce Tower. Photo by Jack Crawford

Salesforce Tower. Photo by Jack Crawford

Office floor plates will span 25,000 square feet, and will include flexible build-out options and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping city views. Amenity spaces will include a fitness center, a conference center, and a tenant lounge. As suggested by the name of the project, Salesforce has already signed on as the anchor tenant, leasing 500,000 square feet of space in the building.

Salesforce Tower. Photo by Jack Crawford

Salesforce Tower. Photo by Jack Crawford

The Salesforce Tower site is located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, an area known for its nightlife and dining options. The Wolf Point parcel is also adjacent to a number of public transportation options, including the Merchandise Mart CTA stop for the Brown and Purple Lines stop and multiple bus lines such as Routes 37 and 125.

The $800 million edifice is targeting LEED Gold certification, with construction being carried out by Walsh Group.

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12 Comments on "Salesforce Tower Undergoes Final Glass Installation in River North"

  1. Most likely will be the final 800ft plus office building we will see this decade.

    • Chase is still looking to build a new tower. Perhaps their ambition is to match BOA and BMO. There’s an outside chance for 130 N. Franklin to surpass the 800′ as well.

      John Murphy is still planning twin 50+ story office towers for 301 & 321 S. Wacker so they could potentially reach 700′.

      The two buildings proposed at 655 W. Madison were previously planned last year as a single 971′ tower that had a great design. Unfortunately they scaled it back. All we need is for someone to have confidence and actually follow through with their more ambitious plan.

  2. I’m confused, is there vertical striping going down the building in these renders that just hasn’t been applied to the glass yet? Or are the seams in the glass just hyper-accentuated in the rendering? I hope it’s the former, as that is one gigantically monolithic flat glass wall.

  3. Anybody else feel like this is sort’ve a let down? Doesn’t have much character for such a visible site. This could’ve been the site of something architecturally distinct the façade is so boringgggg. I’d almost prefer something shorter but with pizazz, though I understand money and Saleforce drive what they want.

    • This is a massive let-down and the definitive missed opportunity of the century. This location would have been perfect for something as unique and bold as the original David Childs design for the Spire site. A pair of sculptural super-talls would have been ideal and with Salesforce and Kirkland + Ellis essentially filling the space in this building at minimum the south tower should have been an iconic supertall. This site provides as relatively low-risk investment as you can get anywhere in North America. The allure/potential was painfully obvious and an 800′ mirror terminating the river confluence is borderline criminally awful.

  4. Le Courvoisier | July 22, 2022 at 11:03 am | Reply

    If only we had the balls to do bronze mirror glazing again.

  5. Dullest of all the new glass towers in this vicinity.

  6. Definitely a missed opportunity for a masterpiece building standing tall and proud , not boring and visible almost everywhere .

  7. Bobby Siemiaszko | July 22, 2022 at 11:21 pm | Reply

    so many glass towers….ugh.

  8. What is going on with the Tribune Tower supertall ?

    What is the status of The 78 ?

    What is the status of One Chicago ?

    Is there a supertall being considered for the Thompson Center block ? Chase Bank ?

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