Chicago Architecture Foundation building new center – Consumer News

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7 September 2017 | 4:03 pm

The Chicago Architecture Foundation will move next year to a bigger building by the Chicago River, having outgrown its old home at the Railway Exchange Building at 224 S. Michigan Avenue.

Slated to open in summer 2018, the new 20,000-square-foot facility will be named the Chicago Architectural Center and located at 111 East Wacker Drive, just above where the CAF offers its famous boat tours. The move reflects the CAF’s need for more space for educational initiatives and programs.

“The Chicago Architecture Center is an exciting new endeavor for the foundation and the city,” said Lynn Osmond, president and CEO, said in a release.

Known as One Illinois Center, the new building site plan was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a famous Chicago-based architect who helped develop the mid-century modernism movement.

The new building will offer 9,000 square feet of exhibition space, and include such displays as the Chicago City Model Experience, which will explain the history of Chicago; the City of Neighborhoods Gallery, which will explores the city’s neighborhoods; and the Skyscape Gallery, which will feature famous skyscrapers in Chicago and around the world. The Center will also include a lecture hall, design studio and space for its famous shop.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture of Chicago will design the interior of the Center. The local firm has previously designed for the new theater at Navy Pier and expansion to the Steppenwolf Theater. “Architecturally, the building is a gem,” said Gordon Gill, founding partner of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

CAF is a nonprofit that offers tours, exhibits, lectures and education programs about architecture in Chicago. In 2016, more than 672,000 people participated in these programs.

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