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20 April 2017

Vista Tower, Chicago, Illinois, US

Vista Tower is a 95-storey hotel and residential skyscraper being built in Chicago, Illinois, US. It is expected to become the third tallest skyscraper in the city upon completion.
Vista tower will become the third tallest building in Chicago upon completion. Credit: Magellan Development Group.
The hotel and residential tower includes three interlinked buildings. Credit: Magellan Development Group.
The mixed-use project broke ground in September 2016. Credit: Studio Gang.
The three towers will be clad in varying shades of blue to create a wavy form. Credit: Magellan Development Group.

Vista Tower is a 95-storey hotel and residential skyscraper being built in Chicago, Illinois, US. It is expected to become the third tallest skyscraper in the city upon completion.

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Designed by Studio Gang, the project broke ground in September 2016. Magellan Development Group and China-based Dalian Wanda Group are developing the project at an estimated cost of $950m. The project is Dalian Wanda Group’s first project in the US.

Construction of the tower is expected to be completed by 2020.

Vista tower design details

The Vista tower will include a trio of interlinked buildings that will be 47, 71 and 95-storeys high, with the tallest building being 1,144ft-high. The entire development will be spread over an area of 1.9 million square feet.

The tower design is based on the crystalline form called frustum, which is a truncated pyramid. Each of the towers will include a stack of these pyramids alternating in conventional and inverted form, creating a wave pattern of convex and concave surfaces.

The wavy exterior of the buildings will provide spectacular views for residents. The exterior will be clad in a glass of five shades of blue to create a wave gradient across the height of the tower.

The smaller floors in the tower will be clad in a slightly darker glass as they will experience more heat gain. The varying gradients of the glass cladding create different responses for various climatic conditions, thereby improving the building’s environmental performance. The developers are aiming to achieve LEED silver certification for the project.

A projecting glass cube will house the restaurant area of the tower. It will be raised on stilt-like concrete columns to enable pedestrians and customers to pass through to roads and pedestrian areas located in Lakeshore East.

Facilities at the Vista Tower

Floors one to 11 will house a five-star hotel called the Wanda Vista hotel featuring 169 rooms. The hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant and lounge, spa and fitness facilities, meeting rooms, and a fine dining restaurant.

The residential units of the tower will be located from floor 13 to 93. A total of 406 luxury one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses will occupy the floors. The price of the residential units ranges between $1m and $17.1m.

A 5,400ft² ballroom will be developed to the east of the three towers. The tower will feature 410 parking spaces

Vista Tower construction

Site utility work had commenced in July 2016 before the groundbreaking. The tower’s foundations are planned to be completed between August 2016 and April 2017.

Construction of the building structure will commence in April 2017 and continue through to January 2019. The remaining site works will be completed between July 2017 and September 2019. Interior construction is expected to be completed by April 2020.

Contractors involved

bKL Architecture is the architect of record for the project. Hirsch Bedner Associates Interior Design is the interior designer for the hotel while Wanda HDI is the interior designer for the residences.

AES provided surveying services for the project. Snaidero USA is supplying kitchen and bath cabinetry for the residential units of the tower.

OLIN is serving as the landscape architect for the tower. The company collaborated with the architects and Mackie Consultants to design pedestrian and vehicular circulation patterns and create green spaces around the buildings.

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