Vista Tower, Chicago
In April 2016, plans were announced for Vista Tower, a 95-storey luxury residential high-rise building in Chicago. The building will consist of more than 1.9 mn sq. ft of accommodation, and at nearly 1,200 ft in height, will be the third tallest skyscraper in the city.
The tower has been designed by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang, of Studio Gang Architects, to reflect the geometric properties of the 'frustum'. This is a shape often found in crystals and gemstones, and according to the designer it will be used to 'capture and highlight the building's sweeping views of the skyline, river and lake'.
With more than 20 penthouses, including a $17.1 mn two-floor apartment, Vista Tower will feature the highest concentration of full-floor penthouses with unobstructed 360-degree views in the U.S., according to the developer, Magellan Development Group. The penthouses will be blank canvases, allowing residents to 'create their own mansions in the sky'.
Kathleen Dauber, partner at Hirsch Bender Associates said: “We worked with Studio Gang to ensure all the interiors of Vista Tower complement the architectural designs of Jeanne Gang and are clean, streamlined, open and modern to maximise the space and draw the eyes toward the breathtaking views beyond.”
The tower looks set to become the most luxurious residences in Chicago, with private dining room, wine storage facilities, game room, city and sky lounges, theatre, massage rooms, private training space, and an expansive outdoor terrace. Situated in the Lakeshore East neighbourhood, the developers promise that as 'a true village within the city, Vista Tower residents will enjoy the genuine community atmosphere that Lakeshore East offers'.
The completion of Vista Tower will also represent increased connectivity for Chicago. Located at the end of Upper Wacker Drive, Vista will be the final link between Lakeshore East and the rest of the city. The green spaces within the community will be connected to a new access point on the Chicago Riverwalk via a pedestrian and automobile route that will pass directly through the middle of the tower at the ground level.
The anticipated project cost is $950 mn and it is excepted to be completed in 2020.
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