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Rock architecture in urban empty lot

Empty lots are fascinating. The natural growth that naturally occurs in the desolate, unattended land. Plants sprouting up, giving life.

Plants growing in empty lot at 130 North Franklin St, Chicago

The fence sign declares no trespassing. Don’t even think about stepping foot onto this land.

Sign that says "No tresspassing private property" at the empty lot of 130 North Franklin, Chicago

However, someone ignored this warning, climbed the fence, and stacked a rock pile. A little act of humanity in a lot that has seen no activity since 2003.

This humble piece of architecture continues to stand for over a year. I walk by these rocks every day. They stand right at the corner of the lot, wishing to see the urban activity at the intersection of Washington and Franklin Street.

Tishman Speyer, the current owner of this lot, has big plans—a 53-story office building.

130 North Franklin Street Chicago building rendering

Tishman Speyer’s website states

The location, in the heart of the Chicago central business district’s West Loop submarket, is the most sought-after area in the city. Located in a neighborhood full of art galleries, theaters, bustling restaurants and bars, it’s just a short walk to major sporting venues and the Civic Opera House. Importantly, the West Loop is still growing, making it an essential consideration for companies looking for the elusive mix of creativity, position and potential.

130 North Franklin presents a singular opportunity for a company to create a unique, tailor-made corporate headquarters. There is no doubt that it will be one of Chicago’s premier office addresses.

And what stands there now is this rock pile.

Rock pile architecture stands in Chicago at Franklin and Washington street

This rock pile makes a fine creative headquarters with the elusive mix of local sourced materials, 100% energy efficiency rating, and potential.

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