I think maybe because we don't have a mountain landscape or some other hills … the architecture really is the landscape. It’s what we’re known for in Chicago. And there’s that adventurous spirit.— Jeanne Gang, architect
Geoffrey Baer interviews architect Jeanne Gang at St. Regis Chicago.
In 2020, the St. Regis was completed and became the third-tallest skyscraper in Chicago at 101 stories, surpassing the Aon Building. Three interconnected structures containing condos and hotel rooms gently ripple their way 1,196 feet toward the sky. Its glassy bluish-green exterior is reminiscent of the building’s location near Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Building architect Jeanne Gang told Geoffrey Baer that the building block of St. Regis’s architecture is called a frustum, which is similar to a pyramid without the point at the top. To account for a problem familiar to architects designing buildings in Chicago – wind – Studio Gang architects left a high, double-height floor completely open to the elements, allowing the wind to blow through it.