Logan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, University of Chicago / Tod Williams Billie Tsien & Associates

Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, ©

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, a renowned practice with expertise in public/cultural buildings, just unveiled the details for the new Reva and David Logan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of .

This new building will offer 170,000sqf for studios, rehearsal space, director’s cut screening rooms, state–of–the art acoustical theaters, lecture rooms and set–building shops, that will be shared by many departments including visual arts, theater, music, as well as cinema and media studies.

The project includes a 11-story tall tower, which will become a new landmark at the south of the campus. At the top of this tower we find the Performance Penthouse, a tall space for performances and rehearsals with an amazing view over the city (see render below).

The rest of the complex is distributed on smaller buildings, with an interesting set of skylights to naturally lit the interiors.

As usual in Tod Williams Billie Tsien works, such as the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the Phoenix Art Museum and the East Asian Library at Berkeley, the simplicity of the materials (stone and glass) give the building a contemporary yet ageless look, a building that will stand over time, not just a fad.

More renderings after the break.

North east view, © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
North east view, © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Southwest View , © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Southwest View , © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Central Courtyard, © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Central Courtyard, © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Performance Penthouse, © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Performance Penthouse, © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
North Lobby and Gallery Entrance, © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
North Lobby and Gallery Entrance, © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Lobby , © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Lobby , © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Site plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Site plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Lower level plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Lower level plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Level 1 plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Level 1 plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Level 2 plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Level 2 plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Level 3 plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Level 3 plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Levels 4-11 plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Levels 4-11 plan © Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Cite: Basulto, David. "Logan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, University of Chicago / Tod Williams Billie Tsien & Associates" 10 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=40619>

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    The building actually reminds me of Bennington College’s Visual and Performing Arts building (which is about the same size). While the two buildings are structurally and systematically different, several of the concepts and visual cues carry over. Coincidentally, Todd Williams and Billie Tsien and Associates are currently working on a building at Bennington.

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    Williams and Tsien do a teriffic job of engaging the context with the material selection. Does anybody know of who they are working with locally in chicago?

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    Renders and visuals – great.

    Building – ok. I’m not sure whether it would work environmentally (speaking about natural light mainly).

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    brilliant, doesn’t shout out, just well detailed and clean….their work is really very good…

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