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Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies / Krueck & Sexton Architects

  • 01:00 - 5 November, 2009
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies / Krueck & Sexton Architects
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies / Krueck & Sexton Architects, © William Zbaren
© William Zbaren

© William Zbaren © William Zbaren © William Zbaren © William Zbaren +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Architects

    Krueck & Sexton Architects
  • Associate Architect

    VOA Architects
  • Interior Designer

    Krueck & Sexton Architects
  • Engineers

    Tylk, Gustafson, Reckers, Wilson, Andrews (Structural), Environmental Systems Design (MEP/Fire Protection/Life Safety)
  • Landscape Consultant

    Daniel Weinbach & Partners
  • Lighting

    ISP Design Inc., Schuler & Shook (Atrium Lighting)
  • Client

    Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
  • Commissioning Agent

    U.S. Equities Development
  • Environmental Consultant

    Atelier Ten
  • Acoustical

    Kirkegaard Associates
  • General Contractor

    W.E. O’Neil
  • Budget

    US $40,000,000
  • Area

    13471.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies selected Krueck & Sexton to design a signature architectural statement about the nature of Jewish culture, light and learning.

© William Zbaren
© William Zbaren

Spertus, set in the Historic Michigan Boulevard District designed by architects such as Burnham and Sullivan, resembles an exquisitely cut diamond placed into the great wall of stone that rises like a cliff across Grant Park. Its faceted and folded glass façade is an expression of light, both metaphorical and actual, which is fundamental to Jewish religious and intellectual traditions. Spertus’ logo spells let there be light, which represents the educational and spiritual enlightenment that is achieved through learning. Present day materials and technologies are chosen and rigorously deployed and detailed in order to support the desired building expression, and reveal the inner dynamic and energy of the many programs within. The unabashedly sculptural and transparent expression of the institution is of our time, while engaging in a dialogue across time with masterpieces that put Chicago on the architectural map.

© William Zbaren
© William Zbaren

The new building functions as a vertical campus, containing museum galleries, a library and archives, a 400-seat multi-use auditorium, a degree granting college, café and gift shop, and administrative offices. The inner dynamic and diversity of Spertus is achieved by a soaring ground floor lobby and a meandering atrium at the top of the building. This spatial solution physically and symbolically connects the institution’s varied functions, creating a series of grandly scaled rooms that borrow light, space, and vitality from each other.

© William Zbaren
© William Zbaren

Through a variety of measures, including high performance lighting, demand based ventilation, and heat recovery, the building achieves a 29% reduction in energy consumption, resulting in over 300 tons of avoided CO2 per year. Water-saving fixtures are used throughout. The quality of the building’s indoor air is ensured by the use of healthy materials, high-efficiency air filtration, and special humidity controls, providing for the well-being of staff, students, and visitors, as well as the long-term preservation of the Institute’s archival treasures.

© William Zbaren
© William Zbaren
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies / Krueck & Sexton Architects" 05 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/39707/spertus-institute-of-jewish-studies-krueck-sexton-architects/>
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15 Comments

Ratih Wulandari R. · November 02, 2010

nih asli&#39y, bikin versi lo @raindr15 http://www.archdaily.com/39707...

saying · October 04, 2010

Not bad, but interior lacks for some power element, something, that brings it down from the sterility, some accent or contrasting materials (wooden elements, colour, stone etc).

Genie · July 21, 2010

RT @DESIGNSTUDIO26: this project was radical enough, in terms of glass / façade innovation for #WindyCity architecture .. Krueck & Sexton : http://bit.ly/2Och6k

entre rayas · July 21, 2010

RT @DESIGNSTUDIO26: this project was radical enough, in terms of glass / façade innovation for #WindyCity architecture .. Krueck & Sexton : http://bit.ly/2Och6k

DS26 · July 21, 2010

this project was radical enough, in terms of glass / façade innovation for #WindyCity architecture .. Krueck & Sexton : http://bit.ly/2Och6k

Kevin Donnelly · December 02, 2009

What role did Johnson Controls play in the constuction of the museum?

Jim Sheffield · December 07, 2009 04:28 AM

In what way was Johnson Controls involved with this project ?

Frédric Clairoux · November 07, 2009

I was there last winter for a visit.

Great building and amazing view of Michigan Lake from the library

christopher · November 06, 2009

(in his Jewish mother voice) But is it easy to clean???

Felipe Goes · November 06, 2009

Nice building!

Tosh · November 06, 2009

I wonder why all the Jewish buildings so twisted.. :) Libeskind did something to the Jewish society with his museum..

{ kat } · December 05, 2009 09:43 AM

ha.

leo · November 06, 2009

nothing interesting. unsuccessful formalistic attempt. no 'reveal' of inner 'dynamic and energy' (according to the architect's intentions). boring interior. some buildings advertise their 'low energy consumption' or 'green design' etc. because of lack of architectural quality. sometimes we forget that we are architects, and responsible for what we leave in our cities for the next 100 years or more. sorry.....

Laputa · March 16, 2010 09:18 AM

i think you should go and visit the building again... at least this building in Chicago have something to do with the city, the lake and also with himself, great view from the interior and also from the exterior, beautiful moves at the top of the building making an opening to the adjacent building,sensitive and precise,...

pelican · November 06, 2009

such a feeble attempt of connecting the outside&inside geometry

chicago_g · November 06, 2009

a dated trend catcher

james · November 06, 2009

10/10 for the photography

temple · November 06, 2009

air!air!air!

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