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RYAN CENTER: Chicago

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Sitting on a prime site fronting Lake Michigan and a new arts green, the building serves as a signature facility. Designed to wrap and connect with Regenstein Hall, the building enables the School of Music to consolidate its programs for the first time ever. The dynamic, Z-shaped plan of the building mass defines the eastern edge of the arts green then jogs to the western edge of the lake. A large atrium divides this form, providing the main entry and gathering space and offering clear views of the lake. All spaces met rigorous acoustical requirements, including the opera rehearsal and choral recital rooms. The recital hall is the buildings crown jewel. Featuring a 40-foot-high glass wall, the space sets performers against a dramatic backdrop of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.

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