Edward H. Levi Hall Portal

University of Chicago (UofC) - Chicago, IL

At the campus, the main quadrangles organize the original buildings, comprised of a mix of Victorian Gothic and Collegiate Gothic styles. As the campus has continued to grow, its boundaries have moved, and the current campus master plan envisions westward extension of the east-west quadrangle axis. 

To reinforce the goals of the master plan, and to help solve circulation and enclosure issues at the Levi Hall administration building, a portal was literally cut into the building’s entry lobby. With entrances on both east and west façades, this lobby was already being used as a pedestrian thoroughfare.


Spaces within the building were reorganized in conjunction with the space modernization program, to achieve functional independence between the north and south segments of the ground floor.


A wind study demonstrated a through-way would cause a wind tunnel, informing the design. To mitigate this condition, folding glass walls were created.

The schedule was met through close collaboration with the design-assist curtainwall contractor and the MEP contractor. 

This project was completed in partnership with Gensler.


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