Architecture firm Goettsch Partners has designed a $90m building for Northwestern University, Illinois, US, which will be the new home of the university’s Bienen school of music.
The new building, which will allow the music school to consolidate all of its programmes into one facility, will also have additional space for the school of communication on the university’s Evanston campus.
The Z-shaped structure will be located south of the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall and Regenstein Hall of Music on the southern end of Northwestern’s lakefront campus, directly east of the Theatre and Interpretation Center. It will face a new music and arts green on one side and Lake Michigan on the other.
The new 152,000ft² building will feature a recital hall, which can accommodate 400 people, a 150-seat opera rehearsal room/black box theatre, as well as a 2,400ft² choral rehearsal room and library. It will also house classrooms, teaching labs, academic faculty offices, teaching studios, practice rooms, student lounges and administrative offices.
The music and arts green will provide a 120ft wide pedestrian-friendly green space, which will improve pedestrian safety and circulation, while still allowing vehicular access to the current buildings.
A large atrium forms the main entry to the facility, offering space for public events, as well as connecting the building’s academic and performance functions, and providing clear views throughout the building.
One of the most notable features of the building is the recital hall; a two-level space with wavy walls of wood that provide improved acoustics and a 50ft high wall of cable-supported, double-skin glass.
The university is planning to start construction of the building, which aims to achieve LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council, in spring this year, with the project is scheduled to be completed in autumn 2015.
Image: The new five-storey building will allow the Bienen School of Music to consolidate its programmes into one facility. Photo: courtesy of Goettsch Partners.