Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has been selected by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) to design the interior of the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), a forthcoming hub that will honor the architectural legacy of the city and its role in informing cities across the globe. The 20,000-square-foot center will provide the foundation with additional space for its expanding programs and educational initiatives. It will open at 111 East Wacker Drive during the summer of 2018.
“Architecturally the building is a gem,” said AS+GG founding partner Gordon Gill. “The design will create a dynamic and elegant space for CAF that promotes patrons to fully engage in the influence Chicago has on global architecture. The large volume of space fronting the Chicago River also creates an inviting and interactive atmosphere for visitors.”
The CAC’s home will involve the reimagining of the modern, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–designed structure. The CAF’s public space will be doubled and its exhibition space will be expanded from 1,600 to 10,000 square feet—a fivefold increase. Included among the new exhibition space will be the double-height, plaza-level Skyscape Gallery, which will showcase the permanent exhibition Tall Buildings and Innovation. In addition to rotating temporary exhibition galleries, the CAC will also house a custom lecture hall, a hands-on design studio, and a new retail space.
The new headquarters office for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is also in 111 East Wacker Drive.