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Studio Gang

Founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urbanism collective located in Chicago and New York. The Studio engages projects of many scales and typologies, using design as a medium to connect people socially, experientially, and intellectually. A sustainability ethos is central to the practice, coupled with a methodology of research and experimentation, including collaborations with a wide range of disciplines both inside and outside the traditional design field.

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Studio Gang Designs a Sugarcane-Inspired Tower for Hawaii

13:00 - 16 November, 2018
Studio Gang Designs a Sugarcane-Inspired Tower for Hawaii, Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation
Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation

Studio Gang has revealed a new design for a 41-story tower in Hawaii that's inspired by the island’s native red sugar cane. Designed with a mix of ground floor retail and 565 residences above, the tower is called Kō‘ula. Embracing indoor-outdoor living and Hawaii's climate, the project is oriented to ocean views with vertical columns that bend and twist like sugar cane. The tower is part of a larger development underway in the Ward Village district on Oahu’s south shore.

Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation Kō‘ula. Image Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation + 15

Studio Gang, BIG, Calatrava and SOM Among Teams Competing For Multi-Billion Chicago O’Hare Contract

16:05 - 24 September, 2018
Studio Gang, BIG, Calatrava and SOM Among Teams Competing For Multi-Billion Chicago O’Hare Contract, © Shutterstock
© Shutterstock

Studio Gang, BIG, Calatrava and SOM are among twelve leading architecture teams vying to work on the Chicago O'Hare International Airport expansion. The city’s request for qualifications calls for demolishing O'Hare's Terminal 2 to replace it with a global concourse and terminal for both domestic and international flights from United and American Airlines. The city’s Department of Procurement Services estimates the total costs of the expansion process (from design through construction) will cost an approximate $8.7 billion. Known as O’Hare 21, the project represents O’Hare’s first major overhaul in 25 years.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Image © Creative Commons Chicago O'Hare International Airport Expansion. Image © O'Hare 21 Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Image © Creative Commons Shenzhen Bao'an Int Airport T3 Hall. Image © Christian Gänshirt + 5

New Photographs Reveal Studio Gang's Solar Carve Tower as it Nears Completion in New York

12:00 - 5 September, 2018
New Photographs Reveal Studio Gang's Solar Carve Tower as it Nears Completion in New York, 40 Tenth Avenue. Image © Tectonic
40 Tenth Avenue. Image © Tectonic

Studio Gang 10-story Solar Carve Tower is nearing completion in New York’s Meatpacking District. Officially named 40 Tenth Avenue, the scheme responds to the Highline and surrounding site with a dramatic curtain wall and chiseled shape. Sculpted by the angles of the sun, 40 Tenth Avenue explores how shaping architecture in response to solar access and other site-specific criteria can expand its potential to have a positive impact on its environment.

Studio Gang Reveals Twisting High-Rise MIRA Tower for San Francisco

12:00 - 21 August, 2018
Studio Gang Reveals Twisting High-Rise MIRA Tower for San Francisco , © Studio Gang and Binyan
© Studio Gang and Binyan

Studio Gang has released images of their proposed high-rise MIRA residential scheme in the heart of San Francisco. Currently under construction, the 400-foot-tall tower will contain almost 400 residential units when completed, 40% of which will be below market rate.

The scheme's design is centered on the evolution of the bay window element, a feature common to San Francisco’s early houses. The bay window is reimagined in a high-rise context, twisting across the full height of the tower to offer views across the city.

© Studio Gang and Binyan © Studio Gang © Studio Gang and Binyan © Studio Gang + 6

Jeanne Gang Cut the Wage Gap at Studio Gang and Is Challenging Others to Follow Suit

08:00 - 16 July, 2018
Jeanne Gang Cut the Wage Gap at Studio Gang and Is Challenging Others to Follow Suit, © <a href='https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Gang#/media/File:Jeanne_Gang.jpg'>Wikimedia user Kramesarah</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
© Wikimedia user Kramesarah licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang has long been an advocate for change within the architecture field. Her studio's designs push boundaries all over the world, but Gang has recently used her firm to transform architectural practice in a different way—attacking the gender wage gap.

In a recent article from Fast Company, Gang writes about "discrimination and prejudice" throughout the US, but more specifically in the field of architecture.

Read on for more about how she closed the gender wage gap at her firm and is calling on other architecture firms to do the same.

Studio Gang's First Canadian Project will be a Mixed-Use Tower in Toronto

12:00 - 6 July, 2018
Courtesy of Studio Gang
Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang has released images of its first project in Canada, a mixed-use residential and retail tower at the southwest corner of Yonge and Delisle in Toronto. Intended as a “new model for sustainable urban growth,” One Delisle seeks to establish the Yonge and St. Clair district as a “vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with thriving retail, welcoming open spaces, and world-class architecture.”

The scheme, which was designed in collaboration with WZMH Architects, is driven by a desire to integrate with the local urban context through adherence to existing grid patterns and retention of existing elements, and to provide extensive outdoor space at an important transit node in midtown Toronto.

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10 Boathouses That Take Architecture Over the Edge of Dry Land

08:00 - 14 June, 2018
10 Boathouses That Take Architecture Over the Edge of Dry Land, © Paul Ott photografiert
© Paul Ott photografiert

Whether lining a river bustling with rowing crews or sitting calmly at the edge of a lake, boathouses have a storied history and an inexplicable romance to match their unusual program. Designed for use as a training facility for elite rowers, a vacationer’s waterfront playground, shoreline retreat, or even as a historical preservation project, boathouses captivate the imagination as they transcend the limits of the land-form relationship on their site.

Dimensions of Citizenship: The US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 11 June, 2018
Dimensions of Citizenship: The US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, 1. U.S. Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris
1. U.S. Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed United States Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published posts, “Curators and Theme Announced for US Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale” and "Studio Gang, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Among Exhibitors Selected for US Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale"

The pavilion representing the United States at this year’s biennale brings together the work of seven different transdisciplinary teams who each prepared an installation addressing the concept of citizenship at a different scale. Entitled Dimensions of Citizenship, the exhibition is intended to challenge the definition and conception of citizenship, examining issues and citing examples on the scale of the citizen, civitas, region, nation, globe, network and cosmos. The pavilion was commissioned on behalf of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.

Ecological Citizens by SCAPE at the 2018 U.S. Pavilion. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris © Laurian Ghinitoiu MEXUS: A Geography of Interdependence by Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman at the 2018 U.S. Pavilion. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris Transit Screening Lounge at the 2018 U.S. Pavilion. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris + 28

Studio Gang's Curved Mixed-Use Tower to be their First Project in Los Angeles

14:00 - 20 April, 2018
Courtesy of Studio Gang
Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang has released details of their first project in Los Angeles, a 26-story mixed-use tower designed in collaboration with local development partner Creative Space and European lifestyle brand MOB. The scheme places an emphasis on community spaces, with a curved form creating dynamic public plazas at street level, forming a link between Chinatown, the recently-opened LA State Historic Park, Union Station, and El Pueblo.

Located on 643 North Spring Street, the scheme will provide 300 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom units, and a 149-room hotel operated by MOB. Emphasizing the importance of community space and interaction, the residents and hotel guests will share a rooftop amenity deck with landscaped terraces on the second and third floor, as well as a gym, coworking spaces, rentable offices, pop-up stores, a rooftop swimming pool and bar, and space for outdoor cooking.

Studio Gang Unveils Images of Rippled Condominium Tower in Brooklyn, New York

14:00 - 19 April, 2018
Courtesy of Binyan
Courtesy of Binyan

Studio Gang has released details of their proposed condominium tower in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City. “11 Hoyt” has been designed with an emphasis on nature and community-building, responding to a lack of comfortable outdoor space in Brooklyn through the creation of an “outdoor-indoor environment."

The Studio Gang scheme, designed in collaboration with Hill West Architects, reclaims a former parking garage site in a rapidly-densifying area, where the population has increased by 40% in twenty years. 11 Hoyt is set to transform the site into an elevated green podium anchored by a 770,000-square-foot (71,000-square-meter) residential tower featuring a “scalloped” façade.

Studio Gang's "Solar Carve Tower" Tops Out in New York City

14:00 - 17 April, 2018
Studio Gang's "Solar Carve Tower" Tops Out in New York City, Courtesy of Studio Gang
Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang’s 10-story commercial “Solar Carve Tower” has topped out in New York’s Meatpacking District. Officially named “40 Tenth Avenue,” the scheme responds to a perceived lack of site-specific design in New York, with Studio Gang prioritizing “intentionality and contextuality” as their guiding principles. The scheme is therefore defined by a dramatic curtain wall, chiseled shape, and a dynamic relationship with its surrounding environment.

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Studio Gang Reveals Design of Arkansas Arts Center Expansion

12:00 - 1 March, 2018
Studio Gang Reveals Design of Arkansas Arts Center Expansion, New North Entry from Crescent Drive. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang
New North Entry from Crescent Drive. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang has revealed the design of their $70 Million expansion of the Arkansas Arts Center, located in historic MacArthur Park in the state capital of Little Rock. Working with associate architects Polk Stanley Wilcox and landscape architecture firm SCAPE, Studio Gang has envisioned a sweeping roof structure that will connect the existing architecturally disparate museum pavilions into a cohesive whole.

Architectural Model. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang North Entry Courtyard Revealing the Original 1937 Facade. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang Looking South in the New Center. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang New South Entry from MacArthur Park. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang + 6

Studio Gang Reveals Concept Designs for California College of the Arts Campus

16:00 - 23 January, 2018
Studio Gang Reveals Concept Designs for California College of the Arts Campus, © Studio Gang
© Studio Gang

Studio Gang has revealed concept designs for their campus master plan for the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Currently split between facilities in San Francisco and Oakland, the new unified campus will bring together the school’s various art and design programs into one “vibrant indoor-outdoor environment.”

The design concepts aims to become a “highly sustainable model for the future of creative practices,” arranging programs into upper and lower ground levels to encourage interaction and cross-departmental osmosis. 

Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2017

14:00 - 21 November, 2017
Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2017

Architect Magazine has unveiled the 2017 edition of the “Architect 50,” their list of the 50 best architecture firms in the United States. The 2017 rankings are based on scores from three categories: business, design and sustainability. This year saw more entrants than ever before, with several first-time entrants making notable impressions, including the number 1 ranked design firm, WORKac. Topping the overall list was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), who also ranked in the top 10 in both design and sustainability.

See the top 10 from each category after the break.

Runner-Up Proposals Revealed in Tour Montparnasse Competition

16:00 - 26 September, 2017
Runner-Up Proposals Revealed in Tour Montparnasse Competition, Proposals by Studio Gang and MAD Architects. Image
Proposals by Studio Gang and MAD Architects. Image

Following the announcement of Nouvelle AOM as the winner of the competition to redesign Paris’ Tour Montparnasse, runner-up proposals have been revealed from the six finalists: Architecture Studio, Dominique Perrault Architecture, MAD Architects + DGLA, OMA, PLP Architecture and Studio Gang.

The competition sought proposals for the transformation of the Montparnasse Tower, which has been one of the city’s most controversial buildings since its completion in 1973. The new project was required to be  “capable of giving a powerful, innovative, dynamic and ambitious new identity to the famous Parisian landmark, whilst integrating the challenges of usage, comfort and energy performance to the highest levels.”

See the finalist entries, below.

Proposal by PLP Architecture. Image via le Pavillon de l'Arsenal Proposal by Dominique Perrault Architecture. Image via le Pavillon de l'Arsenal Proposal by Architecture Studio. Image via le Pavillon de l'Arsenal Proposal by OMA. Image via le Pavillon de l'Arsenal + 26

15 Must-See Installations at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

12:00 - 22 September, 2017

With the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial in full swing and open to the public until January 7, 2017, we've scoured the galleries, halls and corridors of the Chicago Cultural Center to bring you our favorite fifteen installations. Documented through the lens of Laurian Ghinitoiu and assembled by our Editorial Team on location, this selection intends to shed light on the breadth, scope and preoccupations of Make New History – the largest architecture event in North America.

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Jeanne Gang Selected as Winner of 2017 Marcus Prize for Architecture

12:00 - 18 September, 2017
Jeanne Gang Selected as Winner of 2017 Marcus Prize for Architecture, Writers Theatre. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing
Writers Theatre. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing

American architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Marcus Prize.

Awarded every two years by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning in partnership with the Marcus Corporation Foundation, the $100,000 prize was established to recognize architects from around the globe currently “on a trajectory to greatness.” In addition to the cash prize, the award will support an upcoming design studio at the school led by Gang.

Previous winners of the award include Joshua Prince-Ramus (2015); Sou Fujimoto (2013), Diébédo Francis Kéré (2011); Alejandro Aravena (2009/2010); Frank Barkow, Barkow Leibinger (2007); and Winy Maas, MVRDV (2005).

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing WMS Boathouse at Clark Park. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons. Image © Tom Harris Diner en Blanc Chicago 2014 at Lincoln Park Zoo's Nature Boardwalk. Image © Ronald Leon Hale + 6

Studio Gang, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Among Exhibitors Selected for US Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale

11:10 - 13 September, 2017
Studio Gang, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Among Exhibitors Selected for US Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale

The curatorial team for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale have announced the seven designers who will create the pavilion’s main exhibitions. Consisting of architects, landscape architects, artists and designers, the group will produce responses to the theme of Dimensions of Citizenship, exploring “the meaning of citizenship as a cluster of rights and responsibilities at the intersection of legal, political, economic, and societal affiliations.”

The seven exhibitors include: