Chicago’s third tallest skyscraper inspired by crystal formations

In 2020 Chicago is set to host its third tallest skyscraper designed Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects.

The esteemed Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects has designed Vista Residences, expected to be the third highest building in the Windy city.

In the creation of Vista, Studio Gang stumbled upon a naturally-forming geometry found in nature inside crystal formations, fluorite and sapphire called a frustum. The practice was taken by the architectural shape and through stacking and turning them it could create an undulated, flattering silhouette. This technique allows for exquisite views towards the city or skyward.


Studio Gang used a collection of lake blue hues to create a gradient across the vertical.


The hotel and apartment residence will reside in Chicago's Lakeshore East, an innovative new area of the city that is part of a master transformation plan by Magellan Development Group.


Jeanne Gang says Magellan shared the vision of Studio Gang Architects in creating community spaces, 'They understand what it means to do good architecture', said Gang.

Gang's practice has a unique approach to design with its choice of materials, 'We take ordinary materials and make extraordinary buildings,' said Gang.


Magellan Development's Vista Lounge where the video was debuted as well as the official 'Vista Residences' name. Image: Daniel Boczarski

The much-anticipated title of the residences was finally released in mid September. Vista Residences will contain Wanda Vista Hotel and residential accommodation. The refurbished interior features spacious apartments averaging 2,500 sq ft - a rarity for high-rise living these days - and luxurious amenities such as a wine cellar, tasting room and demonstration kitchen. The building is expected to be completed by 2020.


Club Vista Wine tasting


Living and dining area



Project details:

Project: Vista Residences and Wanda Vista Hotel
Location: Lakeshore East |381-383 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois. Located at the intersection of East Wacker Drive and North Field Boulevard, along the riverfront
Completion date: Anticipated completion is 2020
Owners: Joint venture between Magellan Development Group and The Wanda Group
Purpose: Hotel and Residential
Design Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Architect of Record: bKL Architecture
Hotel Architect & Interior Design: Gensler LLC
Interior Design: Hirsch Bedner Associates
Landscape Architect: OLIN

All images and media courtesy of Magellan Development Group unless specified

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