The following is C_UP's entry for the Chicago Architectural Club : 2012 Chicago Prize Competition.
T. Joseph Surjan, founding chair, project designer
S. Hjelte Fumanelli, project architect & digital modeling
John F. Perrine, digital rendering
FUTURE PRENTICE is a is a single-stage international design ideas competition intended to act as a platform for public debate about the future of one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant Modern buildings, Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.
C_UP's position for the project is one of preservation, NOT restoration...in other words, what can be repurposed in the existing Goldberg building to extend life-span of this ICONIC Chicago structure.
the Prentice & the Pauper -( Goldberg Storytelling Center )
Storytelling is a form of talk therapy.
As in Mark Twain's well known story, the newly constructed tale of the Prentice & the Pauper physically links two unacquainted characters. The relationship between the Prentice & the Pauper reveals a cyclical life lesson applied in the present day context of Chicago. Can the engineering marvel of the Prentice and its historic position be retold to a new generation by the Pauper; via the introduction of a common architectural element? In this new tale, the Prentice plays herself, and the role of the Pauper is performed by a civil servant known as Staircase.
The life lesson of the Prentice & the Pauper is a simple one...
A city is a story, & every story is a city.
Everyone has a story.
Stories adapt & change over time as a direct link to the storyteller.
Storytelling is a disappearing art form.
The FUTURE PRENTICE will elevate everyone to tell their stories.
The Goldberg Storytelling Center provides a platform for expression.
A staircase elevates everyone.
FUTURE PRENTICE design process builds FOUR Storeys of Matter.
Solid Storey = Static condition
Ground plane lacking any space for public use. Podium building conceals poured in place concrete marvel.
Liquid Storey = Non-equilibrium condition
Remove Podium building’s curtain wall & floor slabs. Bed tower made into a one storey auditorium spaces.
Gas Storey = Equilibrium condition
Water basin is symbolic storytelling archive. Staircase plinth creates a cantilevered landscape.
Plasma Storey = Public condition
Floating Garden delivers natural light to all four storeys.
FUTURE PRENTICE creates a platform for people to gather.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
My Role: designer