NEMA Chicago, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, opens this coming spring. The 76-story building will become the city’s tallest residential apartment tower. Sited at the heart of the city’s famous Burnham Plan at Grant Park, the massing of the over 1.3-million-square-foot building is made up of square structural bays of varying stacked heights that evoke its city’s famed Willis Tower. The glass and exposed concrete tower is composed of three structural units: a 16-story podium that contains a parking garage, resident fitness amenities, and retail; the center massing that tapers back along South Indiana Avenue; and the top tier with stair-stepped rooftop terraces. The building contains 800 luxury rental units ranging from studios to four bedrooms. Developed by Crescent Heights, NEMA Chicago is part of a lifestyle brand with sister buildings in San Francisco and Boston. Though each building’s design is locally inspired, all are known for their amenities. NEMA Chicago boasts 70,000 square feet of amenities, including a 75-foot indoor lap pool, co-working spaces, multiple lounges, a basketball and squash courts, and a boxing ring. The building’s interiors, designed by Rockwell Group, are said to channel the structural expression of Chicago’s architecture and play with the idea of the city grid.

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