Creating Community: The St. Regis Chicago

Session: Track F: Best Tall Building Award By Function: Mixed Use, Part 2 & Interior Design Award

Sean LinnaneJuliane WolfProject image

Sean Linnane
Executive Vice President, Magellan Development Group

Juliane Wolf
Design Principal, Partner, Studio Gang Architects

The project’s massing concept was driven by program and site. Three interconnected volumes, or stems, make the building the third tallest in the city. The distribution of program within the building optimizes the spatial advantages of these three interconnected stems. A hotel, restaurants, and lounges are located on the lower floors of the tower, which have larger floor plates and are most accessible to hotel guests and visitors. Condominiums begin at the thirteenth floor, providing increased privacy and views for luxury units as the tower’s floor plate decreases to two stems and then one. Shared amenity spaces for hotel guests and residents create a vibrant social center that helps create community within the building. These amenities include a private dining room, outdoor kitchen and dining space, demonstration kitchen, wine program including storage and tasting room, game room, city and sky lounges, theater, steam/sauna rooms, fitness room, private training room, and an outdoor terrace with a fire pit, hot tub, and outdoor pool. Considering how spaces like these can support community among inhabitants is a prime focus.

Targeting LEED Silver certification, the tower’s flowing appearance is a gradient of high performance glass, optimized for solar performance. Other sustainability measures include a water retention cistern for irrigation of the amenity terraces atop the building’s various heights, proximity to public transit options, bicycle storage and changing rooms, car charging stations and underground parking, eliminating a heat island effect.

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