CHIARTS: chicago high school for the performing arts
fifth year studio (fall 2010)
project location Chicago, Illinois
CHIARTS is a Chicago high school that meshes academic, college prep, and performance arts educations into one school. Often housed in inadequate space, CHIARTS was interested in coming up with ideas for a new space.
Located downtown, the program encompasses spaces for
academics, music, dance, theater, visual arts, and performances. Immediately drawn to the influence of density, the fluidity of performance, and the rigidity of academic curriculum, I was intrigued to experiment with how to mesh these varying and often differing components.
The outcome was a building with an inward focus toward the students’ ultimate goal: performance. The performance spaces are centralized in the building with an exterior courtyard on the top to allow for light penetration and alternative learning and leisure space. The academics and performing arts learning spaces are then placed vertically around the performance spaces, allowing for vertical density while creating a play and interaction between the exterior perception and the interior experience.
Status: School Project
Location: Chicago, Illinois