OMA, morphosis, and johnston marklee present concept designs for arts center in chicago
 

OMA, morphosis, and johnston marklee present concept designs for arts center in chicago

a trio of high profile firms — OMA, morphosis, and johnston marklee — are in contention to design a new arts center for the university of illinois at chicago. the institution initiated a competition that called for ‘an architecturally significant center for the arts that serves as a gateway and bridge between UIC and the world, and as a destination for innovative arts and cultural production.’


OMA new york + KOO (also main image) — read more about the project here

 

 

as the only public research university in chicago, the university of illinois at chicago (UIC) provides a rare combination of research excellence and public access to higher education. UIC’s school of theatre & music (STM) will be the primary occupant of the proposed center. every year, the school presents four main stage theater productions and more than 50 concerts, all of which are open to the public.


OMA new york + KOO

 

 

planned for chicago’s near west side, the project aims to provide radically accessible spaces for all users, including students, faculty, staff, and audiences. the program for the ‘center for the arts’ comprises a building of approximately 88,000 gross square feet. the two primary performance spaces include a vineyard style concert hall for 500 people and a flexible main stage theater for 270 guests.


OMA new york + KOO

 

 

additional programs for music include a large instrumental rehearsal hall and a large choral rehearsal hall, while programs for theater include production shops and two rehearsal spaces. shared support spaces include a large lobby, box office, customer service offices, a donor lounge, and a small café/jazz club.


morphosis architects + STL architects — read more about the project here

 

 

OMA, morphosis, and johnston marklee have each partnered with a chicago-based architect — KOO, STL architects, and urbanworks architecture respectively — who will serve as managing architect and architect of record. see more on each of the proposals below, and click on the links beneath the images to find out more.


morphosis architects + STL architects


morphosis architects + STL architects


morphosis architects + STL architects


johnston marklee + urbanworks architecture — read more about the project here


johnston marklee + urbanworks architecture


johnston marklee + urbanworks architecture


johnston marklee + urbanworks architecture

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