Stack Solution

Location
Chicago

Status
Unbuilt, concept 2012

Type
Civic

Size
600,000 sf

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Responding to the then-impending demolition of Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, Studio Gang took on the challenge of creating a state-of-the-art biomedical research facility while preserving this important piece of Chicago’s architectural legacy.

Studio Gang’s Stack Solution concept adapts Goldberg’s iconic cloverleaf structure to house ancillary functions for a new, 31-story research tower that emerges above it. The tower is supported by a newly constructed, independent core that extends through the center of the cloverleaf. Outdoor roof gardens provide breakout space where researchers, students, patients, and visitors can socialize and relax. Both practical and inventive, the resulting “stacked” structure makes a bold statement about Chicago’s evolving tradition of architectural innovation.