April 22, 2016

Goettsch Partners carefully sound designs Northwestern University’s new music school

Ryan CenterA recent article from The Architect’s Newspaper takes an in-depth look at the Bienen School of Music’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.

The LEED gold-certified building, designed by Goettsch Partners, “takes a transparent approach to the normally opaque music-school building typology” according to the article, which describes many of the Ryan Center’s most compelling features including the glass-curtain walls, attention to sound isolation and energy efficiency, and stunning views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

“Ultimately, through sometimes unconventional means, the Ryan Center changes the way in which we expect music schools to look and perform. Not bound by small punch windows, practice rooms don’t have to be dark, uninviting spaces, while recitals can be set against the drama of an ever-active lake and a towering skyline.”

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