Northwestern University Music and Communication Building

Evanston, Illinois / United States of America

The new music and communications building is located just south of Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall and Regenstein Hall of Music, on the southeastern edge of the Evanston campus. Sited on a prime parcel fronting Lake Michigan and a new arts green, the building is envisioned 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. Targeted for LEED Gold status, the building offers a variety of innovative features including a double-skin facade and grey water system. All spaces met enormous acoustical requirements, including the opera rehearsal room and choral recital. The recital hall is the building's crown jewel. Featuring a 40-foot-high glass wall, the space sets performers against a dramatic backdrop of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.



Architect of Record

Goettsch Partners

Contractor

Northwestern University

General Contractor

Power Construction Company

Consultants

  • Thornton Tomasetti
  • Cosentini Associates
  • Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects