UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CENTER FOR CARE AND DISCOVERY PARKING GARAGE
The building’s significant mass is modulated to respond to the grander campus scale while also engaging the pedestrian community of students, residents, medical staff, and patients.
The garage is connected by a pedestrian bridge to the new $900 million Center for Care and Discovery to extend the campus’ second level public circulation system. A new lower-level service tunnel connects the new dock and services area with the existing campus material distribution tunnel system. The western portion of the garage structure is hardened to accept a future 300,000-square-foot doctors’ office building above the garage.
The exterior incorporates the campus’ primary vocabulary of stone and glass materials. The primary structure of the garage is articulated and organized to express a hierarchy of scale between the mass of the building’s structural system with a secondary scaling element of an infill texture of a staggered pattern of metal-framed translucent glass and open panels. Additional panels of “kinetic-art” wind veils respond to wind currents and activate these large wall surfaces further enhancing the textural quality of the building skin. This approach allows the building’s significant mass to respond to the grander campus scale while also engaging the pedestrian community of students, residents, medical staff, and patients.
*Originally designed by Forum Studio