The Residence at St. Regis, Chicago
The Residence at St. Regis, Chicago

Owner: Magellan Development Group
Main Contractor: McHugh
Architectural design: Studio Gang
Architect of record: bKL Architecture
Associate architect: Gensler
Interior design: HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates
Structural engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
MEP Engineering design assistant: dbHMS
Civil engineer: Mackie Consultants
Landscape architect consultant: OLIN
Façade consultant: CDC
Lighting design: Illuminate Lighting Design
Graphics: HBA DNA
Art consultant: Chicago Art Source
Furnishings: A Rudin, All Modern, Arteriors, Beaufurn, Blu Dot, Cattelan Italia, CBW, Charleston Forge, Charter Furniture, D’style, Design Within Reach, Falcon, Global Views, Herman Miller, Holly Hunt, IAP, Industry West, Made Goods, One Kings Lane, Misuraemme, Modloft, Paola Lenti, RH, Stellar Works, Usona, West Elm, YLiving
Lighting: Flos, Hubbardton Forge, Jonathan Browning, Lumens, Kuzco, Paola Lenti, RH, Usona, Sonneman, YLighting
Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong, Hunter Douglas TechStyle
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Beaubois, Snaidero
Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams
Wallcoverings: Wolf-Gordon, Phillip Jeffries, MDC Interior Solutions, Colour & Design, Maya Romanoff
Paneling: LBI/Boyd
Solid surfacing: Caesarstone
Floor and wall tile: Emser Tile, Arizona Tile, Artistic Tile, Atlas Concorde, Crossville Studios
Carpet: Bloomsburg Carpet
Special interior finishes: Kinon, SICIS
Wood flooring: Junckers
Photo credits: Angie McMonigal, Magellan Development Group 

With its form and structure inspired by fluorite’s crystalline shapes, Jeanne Gang’s visionary concept for the Residences at St. Regis – Vista Tower lights up Chicago’s skyline. Located in the Lakeshore East neighborhood facing majestic Lake Michigan, this innovative tower with its 101 floors of pure avant-garde inspiration, developed by Magellan Development Group and built by bKL Architecture, is a work of engineering excellence.

“We use ordinary materials,” says Gang, “to create extraordinary buildings.” The unique structure comprising three interconnected towers and a suspended central stem is enveloped by glass facades that transform the building into a mirror of light and shadow.

In addition to the hotel with its 191 rooms and luxury amenities like the Sky Bar, gourmet restaurant, fitness center, pool and spa, the 393 Residences at the St. Regis showcase the creative vision of Hirsch Bedner Associates Los Angeles (HBA). Furnishings and lighting by internationally known brands like Paola Lenti, Cattelan Italia, Blu Dot, Herman Miller, Stellar Works, RH, Flos, Lumens, Kuzco, Sonneman, Snaidero, Sicis and Cesarstone adorn these classically refined, contemporary living spaces.

Residential amenities include panoramic terraces, an open-air pool, a conference center, a private viewing room and a golf lounge. The entire project was informed by nature and inspired by fluorites and sapphires. “We explored the fundamental splendor found in nature by examining crystals, minerals and gems … which then informed our design decision to write a story behind each finish package. The overarching narrative is a perceptive response to location, architecture and overall vision,” says HBA Los Angeles Partner Kathleen Dauber. “This project is built upon craftsmanship and a shared aspiration to achieve the extraordinary. We are quite proud to be a part of it.”

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The four housing types are based on four design palettes, each identified with a gem’s essence. The brilliance and intensity of sapphire is translated into hues of indigo offset by Italian white lacquer cabinets, Montclair Danby marble counters and monochrome marble bathrooms.

Amethyst’s ability to dissolve negative energy is manifested through violet tones, hardwood floors and Madreperola quartzite. The sun’s energy as transmitted through topaz is expressed by a welcoming atmosphere of warm, luminous tones, oak wood, white Italian marble and sea pearl quartzite.

Finally, the vibrant energy of fluorite crystals is transposed into fine materials like walnut wood, golden quartzite and bronze fixtures. In this rare marriage between a stepped façade and clean interior lines, HBA Los Angeles’ design brings Studio Gang’s contemporary vision, And its delicate perception of mother nature, inside the homes.