project details

The Lyric Opera of Chicago

Studio Gang Architects

Structural Engineer
Thornton Tomasetti

Ravenswood Scenic Studios

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Lyric Opera of Chicago

Inspired by the shapes of instruments, the Lyric's new shell celebrates the sculpture of music while marking the Lyric's 60th anniversary. Responding to increasing concert demand interspersed with the opera season, and departing from the norms of shell design, the shell presents Studio Gang's unique architectural vision in the context of the Lyric's impressive operational capabilities – and breaks down for storage in shipping containers somewhere in the less-frequented quarters of Chicago.