2002 Burnham Prize Competition Finalist

Chicago, IL  |  2002

The design draws from the importance of ‘light’ and the ‘book’ in Jewish culture.  A five-part proportional system was established in relationship to the vertical rhythm of Michigan Avenue.  The wall is 2/5th of the site’s width; its solidity pulls the vertical façade inward resulting in an enlarged interior urban edge; while the operable panels, 3/5th of the site’s width, varies the building façade according to use at each floor of the institute.

 The new facility for the Spertus Institute includes the Spertus museum, Asher Library, Spertus College, Zell memorial garden, education and community centers, café, gift shop, and a theater for lectures, live performances, and film screenings.