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Abrahamic Interfaith Center

Chicago, IL

 

Designed to create a bridge of understanding between eastern and the western cultures, the client envisioned a facility on the former site of the Michael Reese Hospital, south of downtown Chicago on Lake Michigan. The program elements included a mosque, interfaith cultural centers, museum, hotel + apartment tower, and parking plinth. 

 

The mosque was given a visually prominent location in a white stone courtyard at the southeast corner of the site and is the first structure that a visitor encounters as they approach the complex. The cultural and convention center is a four-story building that encloses the courtyard and forms the base of the tower. The thin, curving, hotel + apartment tower was designed to optimize views to the city and lake.

 

The design of both the tower and the cultural center includes a glass skin is based upon a 12th-century Persian girih tile pattern which provides a simple modular system capable of conforming to the complex curves of the architectural forms.

 

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