Paul Clemence’s latest photo series focuses on Chicago’s newest skyscraper: St. Regis Tower. Previously known as Vista Tower, it is now called St. Regis Tower. Studio Gang designed the 101-story, super tall skyscraper. It is Chicago’s third highest building. The flowing rhythm between its three nested towers makes the volume appear slim despite its large size.
Its purpose is to improve rather than destroy the surrounding urban fabric. The tower is located between downtown Lakeshore East Park, and the Chicago Riverwalk. The careful design of its lower levels allows for a porous link between these two attractions. This is achieved by elevating the second volume completely from the ground using innovative structural systems.
The three interlocking towers rise from the skyline. They are both subtle and easily recognizable. This flowing look is created by rotating the orientation of the towers’ main volumetric module, a 12-story truncated pyramid (also known as a frustum). It is more than an aesthetic choice. The shape of Brancusi’s Infinity Column’s wavering, yet geometrical form is more. It optimizes airflow and regulates sunlight. The form is designed to serve the tower’s purpose, which houses 393 condominiums, a 5-star hotel, as well as restaurants and other amenity spaces.
Paul Clemence’s photos also highlight another important building element. The glass-clad facade’s gradient of color shows their different degrees of reflection. Based on the floorplate size variation, the material properties of high-performance glass have been optimized for solar performance. You can create the stepped edges by increasing or decreasing the floorplate’s size from floor to floor depending on the orientation of each module.
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat already acknowledged the unique qualities of St. Regis Tower, awarding it two Awards of Excellence in the categories of Best Tall Building 300-399 Meters and Best Tall Mixed Use Building.
Jeanne Gang founded Studio Gang and is the leader of the group. The Aqua Tower, an iconic skyscraper of 82 stories located on the same urban island that St Regis Chicago, is one of their most recognizable and well-known buildings. Populus, America’s first hotel to be carbon-positive, was also a recent project. American Museum of Natural History Expansion is also a recent project.