October 12, 2015

Northwestern's music building in harmony with lakefront

Blair Kamin, architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, recently reviewed the Bienen School’s new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.

In his column, Kamin writes: “[The Ryan Center] get high marks for everything from its soundproof practice rooms to its welcoming performance and rehearsal rooms. There's much to appreciate in the expansive, light-filled interior, beginning with a three-story atrium that splits the building and opens it to views of the ever-changing lake.”

Kamin made special note of Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, which he called a “hidden jewel.”  

“The real glory of the interior, just off the atrium, is the intimate, two-level Galvin Recital Hall, whose warm and ribbonlike side walls of African Moabi wood offer a startling yet welcoming contrast to the cool, angular exterior.”

Read the full column on the Chicago Tribune website