Studio Gang Architects

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Studio Gang Architects
The Aqua Tower in Chicago
Practice information
Key architects Jeanne Gang
Location

Chicago, Illinois, USA

New York, New York, USA
Founded 1997
Work
Projects Aqua Tower, Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center

Studio Gang Architects is an architecture and urban design firm with offices in Chicago and New York. Founded by MacArthur fellow Jeanne Gang in 1997, the studio is known for its focus on sustainability, material experimentation, and collaboration.[1] The firm’s works range from the 82-story Aqua Tower to smaller civic, education, and arts projects, such as the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership and the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park. Studio Gang’s master planning projects, such as the Nature Boardwalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Northerly Island Framework Plan, have won awards for sustainability and overall design.[2]

Background[edit]

Studio Gang was founded by Jeanne Gang in 1997. The Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre, completed in 2003, won praise from critics;[3] the Chinese American Service League Kam Liu Center, finished the following year, garnered the firm additional accolades.[4][5] Aqua Tower and the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, both finished in 2010, increased Studio Gang’s global profile significantly, winning acclaim from architecture critics.[6][7]

The firm’s recent projects have explored new typologies, materials, and techniques: the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership is a purpose-built structure for social justice education and utilizes cordwood masonry for its exterior walls.[8] The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, its roof inspired by Eadweard Muybridge's stop-motion photographs of rowers, is one of four boathouses intended to revitalize the Chicago River. [3] Major projects, including Northerly Island, the University of Chicago Campus North Residence Hall, and City Hyde Park will be completed by the end of 2016.

The Studio employs more than 70 people as of February 2015.[9]

Selected projects[edit]

Towers[edit]

Project Location Status Year
160 Folsom United States San Francisco, CA in design process 2016 [10]
Aqua Tower United States Chicago, IL completed 2010 [11]
City Hyde Park United States Chicago, IL under construction 2016 [12]
HafenCity Crane Tower Germany Hamburg design concept completed 2006 [13]
Hyderabad O2 India Hyderabad design concept completed 2008 [14]
Recombinant House United States Cicero, IL design concept completed 2012 [15]
Shoreland United States Chicago, IL completed 2014 [16]
Solar Carve Tower United States New York, NY in design process 2015 [17]
Solstice on the Park United States Chicago, IL in design process 2017 [18]
Vancouver Pair Canada Vancouver, BC design concept completed 2010 [19]
Wanda Vista United States Chicago, IL design concept completed 2018 [20]
Zhong Bang Village China Shanghai competition design completed 2003 [21]

Education[edit]

Project Location Status Year
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College United States Kalamazoo, MI completed 2014 [22]
Beloit College Powerhouse United States Beloit, WI design concept completed 2018 [23]
Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center United States Chicago, IL completed 2010 [24]
University of Chicago Campus North Residence Hall United States Chicago, IL under construction 2016 [25]

Nature, Culture, and Community[edit]

Project Location Status Year
Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre United States Rockford, IL completed 2003 [26]
Blue Wall Center United States Greenville, SC design concept completed 2010 [27]
Chinese American Service League Kam Liu Center United States Chicago, IL completed 2004 [28]
Ford Calumet Environmental Center United States Calumet City, IL design concept completed 2008 [29]
HafenCity Chicago Square Germany Hamburg design concept completed 2006 [30]
Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural and Pop Music Center Taiwan Kaohsiung competition design completed 2011 [31]
National Aquarium in Baltimore BLUEprint United States Baltimore, MD in design process 2015 [32]
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo United States Chicago, IL completed 2010 [33]
Northerly Island Framework Plan United States Chicago, IL under construction 2015 [34]
PAHC Studio United States Chicago, IL completed 2014 [35]
SOS Children's Villages Lavezzorio Community Center United States Chicago, IL completed 2008 [36]
Taipei Pop Music Center Taiwan Taipei competition design completed 2010 [37]
The Conservation Center United States Chicago, IL completed 2012 [38]
WMS Boathouse at Clark Park United States Chicago, IL completed 2013 [39]
Writers Theatre United States Glencoe, IL under construction 2016 [40]

Exhibitions[edit]

Project Location Status Year
Baseball in the City at the Art Institute of Chicago United States Chicago, IL completed 2004 [41]
Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects at the Art Institute of Chicago United States Chicago, IL completed 2012 ––2013 [42]
Changes of Phase for Thodos Dance Chicago United States Chicago, IL completed 2014 [43]
EXPO Chicago United States Chicago, IL completed 2012 ––2014 [44]
Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream at the Museum of Modern Art United States New York, NY completed 2012 [45]
Marble Curtain at the National Building Museum United States Washington, DC completed 2003 [46]
Thinning Ice at Design Miami United States Miami, FL completed 2014 [47]

Selected awards[edit]

  • Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction Acknowledgement Prize North America, 2011, for the Ford Calumet Environmental Center[48]
  • Distinguished Building Honor Award, AIA Chicago, 2011, for the Nature Boardwalk, Education Pavilion and South Pond Transformation at Lincoln Park Zoo[49]
  • Most Compassionate Architectural Firm, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 2009[50]
  • Skyscraper of the Year Award, Emporis, 2009, for the Aqua Tower[51]
  • Emerging Visions Award, AIA Chicago, 2000 & 2006[52]
  • Neighborhood Development Award, 3rd place, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, 2005, for the Chinese American Service League[53]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/05/19/140519fa_fact_waldman "The Urban Wild," The New Yorker, May 19, 2014
  2. ^ Environmental Design Research Association Great Places Awards. Retrieved 2015-02-13
  3. ^ "Rockford, Racine projects show promise for Chicago designers," Chicago Tribune, June 15, 2003
  4. ^ 2004 Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building, AIA Chicago
  5. ^ 2005 Award for Architectural Excellence, 3rd Place, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  6. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/02/01/wave-effect "Wave Effect," The New Yorker, February 1, 2010
  7. ^ http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2010/12/from-the-tallest-tower-to-a-local-park-the-best-architecture-of-2010-.html "From the tallest tower to a vibrant urban park, the best architecture of 2010," Chicago Tribune
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2014/160-folsom
  11. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2004/aqua-tower
  12. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2013/city-hyde-park
  13. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2005/hafencity-crane-tower
  14. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2007/hyderabad-o2
  15. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2012/recombinant-house
  16. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2008/shoreland
  17. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2010/solar-carve-tower
  18. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2006/solstice-on-the-park
  19. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2009/vancouver-pair
  20. ^ http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/12/18/new-details-emerge-for-chicagos-gangdesigned-supertall.php
  21. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2003/zhong-bang-village
  22. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2010/arcus-center
  23. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2014/beloit-college-powerhouse
  24. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2007/columbia-college-chicago-media-production-center
  25. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2013/university-of-chicago-campus-north-residence-hall
  26. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/1998/starlight-theatre
  27. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2008/bluewallcenter
  28. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2002/chinese-american-service-league-kam-liu-center
  29. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2003/ford-calumet-environmental-center
  30. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2005/hafencity-chicago-square
  31. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2010/kaohsiung-maritime-cultural-and-pop-music-center
  32. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2013/national-aquarium-blueprint
  33. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2005/nature-boardwalk-lincoln-park-zoo
  34. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2007/northerly-island
  35. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2014/pahc-studio
  36. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2004/sos-childrens-villages-lavezzorio-community-center
  37. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2009/taipei-pop-music-center
  38. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2012/the-conservation-center
  39. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2013/wms-boathouse-at-clark-park
  40. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2011/writers-theatre
  41. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2004/baseball-in-the-city
  42. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2012/building-exhibition-art-institute-chicago
  43. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2014/changes-of-phase
  44. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2012/expo-chicago
  45. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2012/moma-foreclosed-rehousing-the-american-dream
  46. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2002/marble-curtain-national-building-museum
  47. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2014/thinning-ice
  48. ^ Regional Holcim Awards 2011 North America. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  49. ^ Distinguished Building Honor Award, AIA Chicago. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  50. ^ Cityscapes: A skyscraper for the birds, Chicago Tribune, September 17, 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  51. ^ Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  52. ^ ArchitectureChicago PLUS. April 5, 2007. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  53. ^ Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, past winners webpage. Retrieved 2013-01-27

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