- Vista Tower, as the project is called, will be located along the Chicago River and in close proximity to the oft-traveled Lake Shore Drive, one of the main urban axes of the city. The project, which will cost roughly $1 billion, that will span some 1,191 feet into the air, making it the third-tallest skyscraper in Chicago. The lower portion of the building will house a hotel, while floors 13–93 will be all residential. Yet, much like Gang’s other lauded designs, Vista was not just created for those who will be living within its walls, but also for the public walking past it each day. “The way the building steps in and out gives a sense of movement to passersby as light plays across the building throughout the day,” says Juliane Wolf, Partner and Design Principal at Studio Gang. “The gradient of high-performance glass on the façade enhances the stepped façade, as it gets gradually lighter as the frustum fans out.” In other words, those who pass by will not only take notice, but likely enjoy the city’s latest skyscraper.
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- $450 million makeover of the iconic Museum of Modern Art). For the AD100 firm, creating a space that’s accessible for all people is essential in designing a public museum. Yet it’s one thing to want to create an inclusionary space for all people; it’s another to ensure it happens. “Throughout the design process, we worked with a number of athletes with disabilities to make sure the museum could be a shared experience for all visitors,” Gilmartin explains, proving his firm went the extra mile to guarantee all guests felt welcome.