University of Chicago selects architects for arts center

October 01, 2007 |

The University of Chicago announced that New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have won the commission for a $100 million creative and performing arts center, beating out other finalists including Daniel Libeskind. The proposed project centers around a 160-foot-tall tower, topped by a glass-walled, cantilevered cafe that would act as a beacon and serve as a modern counterpart to the university's neo-Gothic towers. The cafe's movable roof would let in sun and air, at least in the warm months. The yoga room was inspired by the architects' stress-relieving yoga breaks as they designed the project.

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