Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects’ highly anticipated multidisciplinary arts center has opened at the University of Chicago. Serving as a landmark on the south end of campus, the 184,000 square foot Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is the new home to UChicago’s academic and extracurricular programs in cinema and media studies, creative writing, music, theater and performance studies, and the visual arts.
Inspired by the “flat prairies of the Midwest and the great towers of Chicago”, the new arts hub is comprised of a light-filled glass and stone tower and a three-story “podium” with a saw-tooth roof. The 170-foot tower houses a performance penthouse, screening room, rooftop deck, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and performance labs, while the podium features studio space, music practice rooms, workshops, a café, a digital media center, production and editing labs, two theaters, and a 474-seat performance hall.
This is one of a suite of 14 videos that will be released in conjunction with the new book "Building Ideas, An Architectural Guide to The University of Chicago" by Jay Pridmore with photographs by Tom Rossiter. At my suggestion, UChicago developed the videos to accompany the book for a number of goals including; through scanning QR codes in the book it can provide architect guided tours of key buildings through the videos, visitors to the website can get in-depth tours of the campus when they maybe unable to get there physically, the book can evolve over time as new buildings come on line, stories about planning, history, scholarship etc. can be shared in a rich way through the videos.