The David M. Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago is a space of discourse and intellectual exchange aimed at fostering the outward engagement of visiting scholars, researchers and dignitaries from around the world. The Forum's prominent location on Chicago’s Midway Plaisance across from Rockefeller Chapel offers expansive views of Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan as well as the University Campus and Woodlawn Community. The building is composed of a two-story base and a slender, eight-story tower that provides the University with a 285-seat auditorium and much needed multipurpose meeting spaces for workshops, symposia and lectures, among other activities.
The tower is organized as a stack of neighborhoods with meeting and communal spaces offering diverse environments—formal and informal, calm and animated, focused and diffused, scheduled and spontaneous. Each neighborhood coalesces around a private social lounge that offers a sense of community and identity. The neighborhoods are vertically stacked, rotated and oriented to their own unique perspective of Chicago, creating a panoramic, 360 degree form rather than a front or back face.
The building prompts its varied populations to cross paths with one another where possible to enhance intellectual exchange. The lower floors of the Rubenstein Forum are porous and dynamic with connections to the campus and the community in all directions. As one climbs the building, there is a progressive retreat from the everyday to more contemplative spaces with dramatic views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.
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|Client||University of Chicago||Size (GSF)||97000|
|Location Chicago, United States|
|Commission2015||Construction Begins2018||Structure Completed2019|
|Facade Completed2020||Construction Completed2020|
|Partners||Charles Renfro,Elizabeth Diller,Benjamin Gilmartin,and Ricardo Scofidio|
|Project Director||Sean Gallagher|
|Project Designer||Giannantonio Bongiorno|
|Competition Lead||Kevin Rice and Charles Curran|
|Project Team||Charles Blanchard,Eduardo Ponce,Seongbeom Mo,Jing Xu,Dino Kiratzidis,Ema Hana Kacar,Alessandro Scognamiglio,Andrés Macera,Shiwoo Yu,and Kimball Kaiser|
|Brininstool + Lynch||Associate Architect|
|Primera||MEP/FP/ Code/ Life Safety/ Energy Consultant|
|LERA Consulting Structural Engineers||Structural Engineer|
|Turner Construction||Construction Manager (Design) and General Contractor (Construction)|
|Thornton Tomasetti||Facade Consultant|
|Site Design Group, Ltd.||Landscape Consultant|
|Terra Engineering||Civil Consultant|
|Threshold Acoustics||Acoustic/AV/ IT Consultant|
|Tillotson Design Associates||Lighting Consultant|
|Syska Hennessy||Vertical Transportation|
|HJKessler Associates||LEED Consultant|
|Construction Specifications||Specifications Consultant|
|Dharam Consulting||Cost Estimator|
|Simpson Gumpertz & Heger||Waterproofing|
|Specialty Construction||Interior steel stairs fabrication|
|Tuschall Engineering Company, Inc.||Zinc rainscreen fabrication and installation|
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