Northwestern's new Music Building is located just south of the university's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, near the theater building and art museum. It wraps around Regenstein Hall, enabling the Bienen School of Music to consolidate all its programs in one location. A glassy atrium with spectacular views of Lake Michigan serves three major rooms: a black box rehearsal/performance space for the opera program with a large window facing the lake; a choral rehearsal room/recital hall; and a 400-seat recital hall with sinuous wood walls and a glass wall at the back of the stage with an outstanding view of the Chicago skyline. Kirkegaard provided consulting services for room acoustics, isolation, and noise and vibration control throughout the building, and AV in the major spaces.
Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
Goettsch Partners, Architect, Chicago IL
Schuler Shook, Theater Consultant, Chicago, IL
152,000 gsf
400-seat recital hall; 150-seat opera rehearsal/performance space; 140-seat choral rehearsal/recital hall
2017 Design Award, New Construction – Design Evanston 2017 Design Award, Landscape Design – Design Evanston 2016 Best Project – $50 Million to $150 Million – Structural Engineers Association of Illinois LEED Gold Certified