Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects have won an international competition to design a $100 million arts center for the University of Chicago. In addition to Williams Tsien the finalists were Hans Hollein of Vienna; Thom Mayne’s firm Morphosis of Santa Monica; Fumihiko Maki and Associates of Tokyo and Studio Daniel Libeskind of New York. Williams and Tsien's winning design features a largely transparent building of interconnected boxes situated around an central courtyard. The building will located in an architecturally significant precinct of the campus alongside Fredrick Law Olmstead’s Midway Plaisance, the site of the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair, and near buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarienen. The Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, as the building will be known, will house performance, lecture and exhibition venues for the visual arts, performance arts, music and film. “While all the design studies in the competition were impressive, the Williams Tsien proposal stood out”, said John Boyer, Dean of the College and member of the jury that selected Williams Tsien. “It’s a visually stunning approach that creates a luminous building that will define the South Campus as a core area of the University.” To be completed in 2011, the building will be the architects’ first in Chicago.
WAN US Correspondent