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Chicago Oblique


Chicago, ILL

The site of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital falls victim to Chicago’s dense city grid. Situated mid block and surrounded by tall buildings, there appears to be little opportunity in breaking the grid. This is a project of movement. The movement of air, and people. The building’s orientation and form not only utilizes the prevailing winds to produce a thermally comfortable climate, it also breaks the monotonous grid of Chicago, providing oblique connections and views to the city and lake. Through this disruption of the grid, there exists a heightened awareness of one’s movement throughout the building in relation to the surrounding context. The building peals open at the intersection of micro and macro program, creating unique perspectives of the city.