CHICAGO (CBS) — Get ready for a new addition to the Chicago skyline.
The proposed building is the Wanda Vista, and the latest designs call for it to be even taller than originally planned.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed, 4 Injured In Evanston Shooting
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With a view at the Chicago River level, those taking the Shoreline Sightseeing Architectural Boat Tour, ponder a skyline with three ribbon-like towers, with sides, similar to pyramids, favoring a Toblerone chocolate bar.
“When you’re visiting you hear about the Sears building, from long ago and that’s the main thing that I know about, but I think they’re all common, they’re normal and that would be different, so it would be fun!” said Karla Dolan.
The Wanda Vista, as the proposed building is called, is the vision of Chicago architect Jeanne Gang. It would be located in Lakeshore East, consisting of apartments, condos, shops, a school and even a hotel.READ MORE: Man Loses $6,500 To Scammers And Chase Bank Wouldn't Cover Him, Until CBS 2 Stepped In
“We had been studying this element called frustum, almost like a pyramidal shape and how we could use that as a building block to create a taller tower that has benefits for the people living in it and looks interesting from the outside,” said Gang.
If Gang’s design becomes reality, it could be the third tallest building in Chicago, making it 93 stories high, up from the original 88 stories proposed.
“We love the Aqua building, so the fact that she’s designing a new one, that shows that the economy is coming back. We have so much development and especially this area. I think it will be just a beautiful addition to the skyline,” said tour guide Jake Jones.
Darren Ginns is a developer and says the style is too different.
“I think it would destroy the architectural style of the city, so, I wouldn’t want to see it,” he said.MORE NEWS: Woman Dead, Child Among 3 Injured After House Fire In Clearing
Well, Gang says, the towers are very elegant and will have lots of benefits to the surrounding neighborhood, by connecting to the Riverwalk, the nearby park and Upper Wacker Drive. It will cost just under a billion dollars to build, with completion in 2019 but the project still needs city approval, because of the height.