Location:Chicago, Illinois Client: DePaul University
Project description: Music Center is the ﬁrst phase of a new facility for the DePaul University School of Music. The new structure anchors the updated complex, sitting on the site once occupied by McGaw Hall. It houses several performance spaces including a 535-seat concert hall, a 136-seat large recital hall, and an 80-seat small recital hall. The main entrance to the building is located adjacent to a circular motor court, which allows for efﬁcient passenger drop-off and provides access to lower level parking. Student rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, and classrooms are strategically organized on the upper ﬂoors by the required functional and acoustic adjacencies relative to the double and triple height performance spaces rising from the ﬂoors below. Music Center’s facade complements its surroundings and is composed mainly of brick with limestone panels and horizontal coursing as detail elements. Glass and natural stone, used throughout the exterior, are arranged to moderate the building’s mass and present a lively atmosphere along Halsted Street. The building height is reduced at the edges through setbacks in the main volume to mediate between the required Concert Hall height and the surrounding residences. The new School of Music complex functions as a gateway and redeﬁnes the eastern edge of DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus.