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Aiming to pinpoint Chicago as a destination for high-rise and luxury living, Studio Gang has designed the ‘vista tower’ — a 95-storey residential tower based in the city’s lakeshore east neighbourhood. Rising at nearly 1,200 feet, the first 11 floors we be composed of a five-star hotel, while levels 13-93 will be dedicated to residential units.
The scheme is developed by The Magellan Group and The Wanda Group, and upon its completion, the tower will become Chicago’s third tallest skyscraper — making a mark on the city’s growing skyline. Studio Gang’s design of the vista tower explores the geometric properties of the ‘frustum’ — a shape often found in crystals and gemstones — to capture and highlight the building’s sweeping views of the skyline, river and lake.
More than 20 penthouses will occupy the top levels with the remaining units comprised of one to four bedroom apartments. Floor-to-ceiling windows present unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and Millennium Park. The luxurious interiors reflect the recurring theme of crystals, minerals and gems. This is seen as unique to natural stone finishes and colour palettes.
Since the residential program is joined onto the hotel, residents will be able to utilise the five-star amenities and, at the same time, have their own dedicated space named ‘club vista’. This private area will feature a private dining room, demonstration kitchen, wine storage, lounges, an outdoor terrace and fitness facilities.