Tomorrow, the University of Chicago will welcome students to its new 400,000-square-foot dorm complex designed Studio Gang Architects. The $148 million project — known as Campus North Residential Commons — will offer accommodations for 800 students as well as a dining hall, communal space to study and relax, and new retail that includes Insomnia Cookies, Heritage Bicycles, and Dollop Coffee Co. In addition to a new public outdoor plaza, the Commons provides students with access to two elevated landscaped terraces.
While the design of the twisting concrete-clad project was first revealed in 2013, work began in mid-2014 and took just over two years to complete. The entire construction process, however, can be witnessed in less than a minute thanks to a slick time-lapse video recently shared by the University of Chicago:
The dorms’ location on the northern edge of the school expands the foot print of the campus and presented the designers a unique opportunity to create a new "front door" to Hyde Park. Studio Gang is leaving a noticeable mark on the south side neighborhood as of late, completing the City Hyde Park project earlier this summer. The Jeanne Gang-led firm also has the upcoming Solstice on the Park high-rise on the drawing board.
University of Chicago opens Campus North Residential Commons [UChicagoNews]
University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons [Studio Gang]
U of C's Sweet Studio Gang Designed Dorms Coming Soon [Curbed Chicago]
Previous Hyde Park coverage [Curbed Chicago]