These 9 New Buildings Are Redefining Chicago Architecture
As Seen in Architectural Digest
Bold architectural statements have long defined Chicago’s storied skyline, so it’s no surprise that the city’s recent construction boom is producing exceptionally designed buildings. International talents including Helmut Jahn, Rafael Viñoly, Gensler, and MAD Architects have ambitious plans that will be realized in the next several years, adding flair to an already famous cityscape. And then there are hometown luminaries like Jeanne Gang, whose colossal new mixed-use complex, at 1,186 feet, is set to be the city’s third tallest building. Although these developments are scattered largely in the high-profile South Loop and Gold Coast neighborhoods, an impending announcement another upcoming project will soon transform a large swath of the city’s South Side: the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. Here, AD rounds up nine of the most dazzling buildings in the works.
- The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Designed to house legendary director George Lucas’s vast collection of art and ephemera from his iconic films, this 300,000-square-foot museum was conceived by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects. The grounds of the museum, set to be located just south of Soldier Field, were planned by Studio Gang and Scape Landscape Architects. lucasmuseum.org
- Vista Tower
On track to be Chicago’s third tallest skyscraper, the 94-story Vista Tower in the Lakeshore East neighborhood will be composed of a 210-key hotel on its lowers levels and luxurious condominiums above. Sheathed in glass, the three-tiered tower was designed by the high-profile Chicago firm Studio Gang, in collaboration with Gensler, bKL Architects, and Olin. The project is slated to begin construction this summer and deliver by 2020.
- Michigan and Roosevelt
The development firm Crescent Heights teamed up with world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly for this bold pair of towers at the southern end of Grant Park. To be constructed in three phases, the South Loop project will ultimately include 1,540 new residences. The first phase, slated to begin construction this fall, will encompass a 76-story tower with a bundled-tube design that pays homage to the city’s landmark Willis Tower.
- 1000 S. Michigan
The esteemed German-American architect Helmut Jahn devised this soaring tower in the South Loop—so tall, in fact, that it’s set to become his tallest completed work. Clad mostly in glass, the 86-story building will ultimately contain more than 500 residential units when completed.
- 150 North Riverside
The local firm Goettsch Partners designed this 54-story office tower to nestle on a narrow plot between the Chicago River and a rail line, giving it a unique silhouette that cinches at the bottom.
- 4 East Elm
The city’s fabled Gold Coast neighborhood will soon welcome this boutique residential building designed by award-winning local studio Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). Spread across 24 floors, the sleek structure will house 35 units that boast interiors by Gary Lee Partners.
- No. 9 Walton
Due for completion in the summer of 2017, this Gold Coast development will rise 36 stories and contain 66 plush residences. Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture clad the stately edifice in a harmony of limestone, granite, and glass.
Opening this summer on the western edge of Hyde Park, Vue53 will feature 267 rental units across 13 floors. The silvery glazed building—punctuated by cut-outs that form private balconies—was designed by the local architecture studio Valerio Dewalt Train Associates.
- Essex Hotel and Tower
This ambitious South Loop project from Oxford Capital Group includes a refresh to the midcentury Essex Inn and building a brand-new 48-story apartment tower with 388 units next door. Chicago-based Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture designed the new structure, part of which is smartly elevated on stilts to preserve views from the adjacent hotel.
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