The Center for Architecture, Design, and Education Design Competition was sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation as part of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Studio Modh's project, titled "Windows on the Creative Education" , created two distinct buildings - one brick and one glass to reflect the strong legacy of these construction types in Chicago - that used the concept of the "window" to frame educational exchanges between the city and the building. Large openings in the masonry tower, a design high school, highlight studio-based educational strategy, large scale instruction in an auditorium with stunning views of Lake Michigan, and a grand rooftop for exercise and social activity.
In the transparent, glass base, paradoxically supporting the heavy masonry building above, the windows are a vertical exhibition gallery capturing exhibit content displayed within and reflecting an open-ness and sustainability that should guide every building inhabitants ambitions for their own built environment.
Our project was selected as a Finalist.