Stack Solution

Location
Chicago

Status
Designed 2012

Type
Civic

Size
600,000 sf

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Motivated by the challenge to preserve Chicago’s architectural legacy while simultaneously creating a state-of-the-art research facility, Studio Gang devised the Stack Solution: a concept that demonstrates how Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital could have been reused by building on top of it. 

The concept adapts the iconic cloverleaf structure to house ancillary functions for a new, 31-story biomedical research tower that emerges above it. This 600,000 sf building is supported by a new, independent core that extends through the center of the cloverleaf. Outdoor roof gardens provide breakout space where researchers, students, patients, and others can socialize and relax. Both practical and visually striking, the resulting “stacked” structure makes a bold statement about Chicago’s evolving tradition of architectural innovation.

Stack Solution was displayed along with other reuse concepts as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2012 exhibition “Reconsidering an Icon: Creative Conversations about Prentice Women's Hospital.” As Prentice faced the wrecking ball, the project was published in a New York Times piece by critic Michael Kimmelman that called for considering new ways Goldberg’s building could be adapted to serve current needs.

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Studio Gang's Stack Solution is highlighted in this editorial by architecture critic Michael Kimmelman rallying nationwide support for Goldberg’s building as it faces the wrecking ball.