Studio Gang Architects

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Studio Gang Architects
Aqua Tower Chicago.jpg
The Aqua Tower in Chicago
Practice information
Key architects Jeanne Gang
Founded 1997
Significant works and honors
Projects Writers Theatre, University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons, City Hyde Park, Eleanor Boathouse at Park 571, Northerly Island, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, Aqua Tower, Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, SOS Children's Villages Lavezzorio Community Center, Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center, Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre at Rock Valley College

Studio Gang Architects is an American architecture and urban design practice with offices in Chicago and New York. Founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang in 1997, the Studio is known for its material research and experimentation, collaboration across a wide range of disciplines, and focus on sustainability.[1] The firm’s works range in scale and typology from the 82-story mixed-use Aqua Tower to the 10,000-square-foot Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College to the 14-acre Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Studio Gang has won numerous awards for design excellence, including the 2016 Architizer A+ Firm of the Year Award and the 2013 National Design Award for Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as well as various awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and AIA Chicago.

Background[edit]

Founded by Jeanne Gang in 1997, Studio Gang is recognized for a design process that foregrounds the relationships between people, communities, and environments. The Studio works as a collective of architects, designers, and planners, collaborating closely with experts in a range of fields. The Studio uses design as a medium to connect people socially, experientially, and intellectually.[2]

One of the Studio's first built works, the Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre, was completed in 2003, and 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 completed in 2010, significantly increased the Studio global profile, winning acclaim from architecture critics.[6][7]

The firm’s projects explore new typologies, materials, and techniques. For its Writers Theatre project, for example, completed in 2016, the Studio hung wood in axial tension to create a unique space for theatre-goers as well as an iconic identity for this regional civic and cultural anchor.[8]

Completed in 2014, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership is a purpose-built structure for social justice education and utilizes cordwood masonry for its exterior walls. This heritage technique is a low-tech and relatively inexpensive method of building assembly used to achieve a high-performance facade. The wood walls sequester more carbon than was released in building them, responding to today’s need to reduce carbon pollution—one of many environmental issues embraced by social justice movements.[9]

The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, and Eleanor Boathouse at Park 571, feature a sculptural roof that translates the motion of rowing and are two of four boathouses intended to revitalize the Chicago River.[2] The projects stemmed from the Studio's advocacy publication Reverse Effect, published in 2011, which imagines a greener future for Chicago's waterways.[10]

The Studio's Northerly Island project, which transforms a former airfield into a public lakefront park and habitat, opened to the public in 2015.

The Studio employs more than 90 people as of May 2017.[11]

Selected projects[edit]

Towers[edit]

Project Location Status Year
40 Tenth Avenue United States New York, NY Under construction 2019 [12]
Vista Tower United States Chicago, IL Under construction 2019 [13]
Solstice on the Park United States Chicago, IL Under construction 2018 [14]
Folsom Bay Tower United States San Francisco, CA In design 2017 [15]
One Hundred United States St. Louis, MO In design 2017 [16]
City Hyde Park United States Chicago, IL Completed 2016 [17]
Shoreland United States Chicago, IL Completed 2014 [18]
Recombinant House (Garden in the Machine) United States Cicero, IL Design concept completed 2012 [19]
Aqua Tower United States Chicago, IL Completed 2010 [20]
Vancouver Pair Canada Vancouver, BC Design concept completed 2010 [21]
Hyderabad O2 India Hyderabad Design concept completed 2008 [22]
HafenCity Crane Tower Germany Hamburg Design concept completed 2006 [23]
Zhong Bang Village China Shanghai Competition design completed 2003 [24]

Education[edit]

Project Location Status Year
Beloit College Powerhouse United States Beloit, WI In design 2017 [25]
University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons United States Chicago, IL Completed 2016 [26]
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College United States Kalamazoo, MI Completed 2014 [27]
Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center United States Chicago, IL Completed 2010 [28]

Nature, Culture, and Community[edit]

Project Location Status Year
Rescue Company 2 (New York City Fire Department) United States New York, NY Under construction 2018 [29]
Northerly Island United States Chicago, IL Ongoing 2017 [30]
Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History United States New York, NY In design 2017 [31]
Civic Commons United States United States Completed 2016 [32]
Eleanor Boathouse at Park 571 United States Chicago, IL Completed 2016 [33]
National Aquarium Strategic Master Plan United States Baltimore, MD Design concept completed 2016 [34]
Writers Theatre United States Glencoe, IL Completed 2016 [35]
PAHC Studio United States Chicago, IL Completed 2014 [36]
WMS Boathouse at Clark Park United States Chicago, IL Completed 2013 [37]
The Conservation Center United States Chicago, IL Completed 2012 [38]
Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural and Pop Music Center Taiwan Kaohsiung Competition design completed 2011 [39]
Blue Wall Center United States Greenville, SC Design concept completed 2010 [40]
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo United States Chicago, IL Completed 2010 [41]
Taipei Pop Music Center Taiwan Taipei Competition design completed 2010 [42]
Ford Calumet Environmental Center United States Calumet City, IL Design concept completed 2008 [43]
SOS Children's Villages Lavezzorio Community Center United States Chicago, IL Completed 2008 [44]
HafenCity Chicago Square Germany Hamburg Design concept completed 2006
Chinese American Service League Kam Liu Center United States Chicago, IL Completed 2004 [45]
Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre at Rock Valley College United States Rockford, IL Completed 2003 [46]

Exhibitions[edit]

Project Location Status Year
Working in America United States Chicago, IL Completed 2016 [47]
Thinning Ice at Design Miami United States Miami, FL Completed 2014 [48]
Changes of Phase for Thodos Dance Chicago United States Chicago, IL Completed 2014 [49]
EXPO Chicago United States Chicago, IL Completed 2012 –2014 [50]
Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects at the Art Institute of Chicago United States Chicago, IL Completed 2012 –2013 [51]
Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream at the Museum of Modern Art United States New York, NY Completed 2012 [52]
Baseball in the City at the Art Institute of Chicago United States Chicago, IL Completed 2004 [53]
Marble Curtain at the National Building Museum United States Washington, DC Completed 2003 [54]

Selected awards[edit]

  • Institute Honor Award, Interior Architecture, AIA Awards, 2017 / Writers Theatre
  • Daniel Burnham Award for Master Planning, AIA Illinois, 2016 / Technical team for Positioning Pullman
  • Divine Detail Award, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2016 / Writers Theatre
  • Interior Architecture Award, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2016 / Writers Theatre
  • Distinguished Building Citation of Merit, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2016 / Writers Theatre
  • Divine Detail Award, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2016 / City Hyde Park
  • Distinguished Building Citation of Merit, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2016 / City Hyde Park
  • Institute Honor Award, Architecture, AIA Awards, 2016 / WMS Boathouse at Clark Park
  • Architizer A+ Firm of the Year, 2016
  • Award for Excellence in Design, Thirty-third Annual Design Awards, Public Design Commission, New York, 2015 / Rescue Company 2
  • Distinguished Building Award, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2015 / Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
  • Divine Detail Award, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2015 / Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
  • Honor Award, AIA Illinois, 2015 / Northerly Island
  • Distinguished Building Citation of Merit, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2014 / WMS Boathouse at Clark Park
  • National Design Award, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction Acknowledgement Prize North America, 2011, for the Ford Calumet Environmental Center[55]
  • Distinguished Building Honor Award, AIA Chicago, 2011, for the Nature Boardwalk, Education Pavilion and South Pond Transformation at Lincoln Park Zoo[56]
  • Most Compassionate Architectural Firm, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 2009[57]
  • Skyscraper of the Year Award, Emporis, 2009, for the Aqua Tower[58]
  • Emerging Visions Award, AIA Chicago, 2000 & 2006[59]
  • Neighborhood Development Award, 3rd place, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, 2005, for the Chinese American Service League[60]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/05/19/140519fa_fact_waldman "The Urban Wild," The New Yorker, May 19, 2014
  2. ^ "Studio Gang – About". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  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. ^ "Studio Gang – Blueprint Magazine — “All the Wood’s A Stage”". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  9. ^ "Studio Gang – Wood vs. Brick Masonry". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  10. ^ "Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/40-tenth-avenue
  13. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/vista-tower
  14. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/solstice-on-the-park
  15. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/folsom
  16. ^ "One Hundred". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  17. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/city-hyde-park
  18. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/shoreland
  19. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/garden-in-the-machine
  20. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/aqua-tower
  21. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/vancouver-pair
  22. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/hyderabad-o2
  23. ^ http://www.evolo.us/architecture/hafencity-crane-tower-studio-gang/
  24. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/zhong-bang-village
  25. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/beloit-college-powerhouse
  26. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/university-of-chicago-campus-north-residential-commons
  27. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/arcus-center-for-social-justice-leadership
  28. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/columbia-college-chicago-media-production-center
  29. ^ "Rescue Company 2". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  30. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2007/northerly-island
  31. ^ "American Museum of Natural History Gilder Center". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  32. ^ "Civic Commons". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  33. ^ "Eleanor Boathouse at Park 751". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  34. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/national-aquarium-blueprint
  35. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/writers-theatre_2
  36. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/pahc-studio
  37. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/wms-boathouse-at-clark-park
  38. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/the-conservation-center
  39. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/kaohsiung-maritime-cultural-pop-music-center
  40. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/blue-wall-center
  41. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/nature-boardwalk-at-lincoln-park-zoo
  42. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/taipei-pop-music-center
  43. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/ford-calumet-environmental-center
  44. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/sos-children-s-villages-lavezzorio-community-center
  45. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/chinese-american-service-league-kam-liu-center
  46. ^ http://studiogang.com/project/bengt-sjostrom-starlight-theatre
  47. ^ "Working in America". studiogang.com. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  48. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2014/thinning-ice
  49. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2014/changes-of-phase
  50. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2012/expo-chicago
  51. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2012/building-exhibition-art-institute-chicago
  52. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2012/moma-foreclosed-rehousing-the-american-dream
  53. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2004/baseball-in-the-city
  54. ^ http://studiogang.net/work/2002/marble-curtain-national-building-museum
  55. ^ Regional Holcim Awards 2011 North America. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  56. ^ Distinguished Building Honor Award, AIA Chicago. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  57. ^ Cityscapes: A skyscraper for the birds, Chicago Tribune, September 17, 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  58. ^ Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  59. ^ ArchitectureChicago PLUS. April 5, 2007. Retrieved 2013-01-27
  60. ^ Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, past winners webpage. Retrieved 2013-01-27

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