university of chicago, rubenstein forum
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The David M. Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago will be a center for intellectual exchange, scholarly collaboration and university sponsored special events. Grounding the south campus with panoramic views of the city and the surrounding Hyde Park neighborhood, the 97,000 square foot ten story tower sits on a broad two story base and includes multiple conference spaces in a variety of configurations. Audio video system design and architectural acoustics work together seamlessly to allow for formal presentation, as in the 185-seat Presentation Hall; more dynamic dialog, as in the multiple flexible conference spaces; and informal breakout spaces which accompany the conference rooms. The University Room, a 300-seat flexible event and banquet space grounds the base of the building and at the top of the tower is the Lake View Room, an executive multipurpose meeting space. The AV system design is cutting edge, adaptable to multiple settings, and easy to use. Architectural acoustics and mechanical noise control systems are designed to facilitate and support dialog between users whether they are amplified or speaking within a natural acoustic environment.