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Wanda Vista

Studio Gang Architects

Project Name

Wanda Vista


1,800,000 sq. feet


  • Wanda Group
  • Magellan Development Group

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The two developers behind Studio Gang Architect’s series of skyscrapers, China’s Wanda Group and Chicago’s Magellan Development Group, have revealed the revised plans that were originally released last year. Dubbed the “Wanda Vista,” the mixed-use development now displays blue-green glass and does not have the balconies that came with the last design, and would house a hotel, retail shops, and condominiums. At 1,144 feet-tall, the planned 88-story tower along the Chicago River would be the third-tallest building in Chicago. According to architecture critic Blair Kamin’s Chicago Tribune article, notable architectural elements it displays include three interlocking high-rises; a geometric design called “frustum,” which is a series of inverted and ascending pyramids; and a restaurant area housed in a glass cube that would be supported by stilts. 

Project Description


Defining a new edge of the city, the Wanda Vista Tower more tightly knits the thriving Lakeshore East community to its environment with unprecedented urban connections. At approximately 1,100 feet in height, and more than 1.8 million sf, this new hotel and residential tower will be one of the tallest buildings in the city and a dynamic new presence on the horizon.

Nested side by side, three vertical elements step down gradually, maximizing views of the city and river below. The distinct tapering block used to form the towers is derived from the frustum geometry, a shape that offers multiple benefits for the building, from the inside out and the outside in. Alternating these blocks allows for multiple column-free corner rooms on each floor. The subtle gradient of the exterior glazing not only provides visual interest from near and far but also performs an energy-saving function. The building navigates the street and ground levels with engaging public space for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

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