Giordano Dance Chicago
- Structural glazing system, vision glass, translucent glass, metal panel
Located across from Chicago’s prominent Lincoln Park, the new Giordano Dance Chicago building consists of dance studios, retail space, and a rooftop terrace. The site, located at 1754 North Clark Street, contains a rich history within the community. Honoring the history and heritage of the site, bKL sought to create a modern and refined interaction between the existing church façade and the spirited program of Giordano Dance Chicago. Inspired in part by stained glass windows that adorn religious structures, the geometric exterior is a modern interpretation of such an artistic expression.
As America’s original jazz dance company, it was imperative to design a modern building that represents the magnitude of Giordano Dance Company’s place in the dance world yet honors the historical structure it is succeeding. The façade design creates a juxtaposition between the old and the new and caters to the materiality of the old brick and the new transparent glass form.
A grand, double-height entry welcomes visitors and invites passersby to explore the building’s transformative nature relating the church’s historic pitched roof form to its new modern glass enclosure.
- 2010年6月 – 8月
- 场地: 142,000平方米
bKL was invited by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) to participate in its Between States exhibition as a part of the Chicago Architectural Biennial. Tasked with identifying an “unappreciated physical asset in one of Chicago’s 50 wards” and imagining “a process of transitioning it to an economic catalyst,” bKL selected the Damen Silos within Ward 25.
The Damen Silos are located just south of the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood. Situated at an intersection of waterway, freeway, and pedestrian connectivity, the site is waiting to be revitalized and utilized by the supporting community.
Pilsen’s artistic intervention influenced the bKL team. Inspired by local surface treatments, a series of applications and new place-defining markers activate the character and history of the site. Through site infrastructure improvement and direct access, this developing space will reinstate growth of new culture, reintroduce purpose to the Silos, and maintain their iconic image. In form, they remain the same; in purpose and surface, they change.
Featured in the CAF Atrium Gallery and presented as a partner program of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Between States exhibit will be open to the public September 19, 2017 to January 7, 2018.