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Robert A.M. Stern's Chicago Tower Scaled Back, Still Majestic

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More exciting architecture news for the Windy City: Curbed Chicago reports that the Chicago Plan Commission has approved a 67-story luxury residential high-rise designed by lauded traditionalist Robert A.M. Stern, he who proclaimed "buildings should not look like Lady Gaga." Stern, whose limestone-clad buildings in New York City are habitually some of the most most expensive in the city, has a similar "subdued majesty" sort of look planned for his first tower in Chicago. As seen in these watercolor renderings, Stern's tower will be a far cry from the just confirmed Wanda Vista development, a glassy, zig-zaggy Jeanne Gang-designed high-rise that will go up across the river.

First unveiled this summer, Stern's precast concrete building will house altogether 350 high-end apartments and condo units (scaled back from the original proposal of 500 residences, though the number of floors remains unchanged), as well as 900 underground parking spaces. There are also plans for the 1.7-acre park nearby to be overhauled by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, who's envisioned creating different zones in the park, such as a children's play area and dog run. The proposal still has to go through City Council, but developers hope to break ground next summer. A look at the park area, below:

· City Approves First Robert A.M. Stern Tower for Chicago [Curbed Chicago]
· All Robert A.M. Stern coverage [Curbed National]