Chicago’s recently announced Vista Tower will be notable for a number of reasons, not least for being claimed the third tallest building in the city and having the highest concentration of 360-degree-view full-floor penthouses in the US. Most unique, though, will be its undulating form inspired by crystals.
Designed by Chicago-based Studio Gang architects, responsible for the recently opened Writers Theater and the planned Lucas Museum, the Vista Tower comes in at a cool US$950 million. Developed by the Wanda Group and Magellan Development Group, it will be part hotel and part residential.
The tower will have 95 floors and rise to a height of nearly 1,200 ft (366 m), as well as a staggered design with four vertical volumes at the base, three continuing up to form the next section, then two and finally only one rising all the way to the top. The top of each volume marks a split between building sections and their use.
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