The Regatta

“Extending beyond the height of each end of the building, one curtain wall plane offers views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier, while the opposing plane reveals the city skyline.”
— Patrick Duffy, owner of Advanced Building Products Inc., Inverness, Ill.


The basics:

A glass curtain wall rises in the shape of a ship’s sail on the 45-story, 674,000-square-foot Regatta high-rise condominium in Chicago. The $86 million project was completed in the fall of 2006.

The players:

Architects, DeStefano + Partners, and Loewenberg Architects, both of Chicago; glazing contractor, Klein-Dickert Co., Kenosha, Wis.; window wall and sliding door frame engineer and fabricator, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.; curtain wall manufacturer, Sota Glazing Inc., Brampton, Ontario; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; curtain wall sales representative, Advanced Building Products Inc., Inverness, Ill.; general contractor, McHugh Construction Co., Chicago; developer, Magellan Development Group, Chicago.

The glass:

Brick façade with dual elliptical glass curtain walls; 1-inch insulating units with VE1-52 low-emissivity coating on clear glass alternating with a gray spandrel coating on the No. 4 surface.