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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

AS+GG  designed the new building for The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. As described by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater client, The Yard is a "next-generation performance venue that will reflect Chicago Shakespeare’s multi-faceted artistic vision". The project introduces a new flexible theater and lobby connected to the existing Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier.

Consisting of approximately 35,000sf of space, the project introduces a "global trend in theater architecture to Chicago that focuses on resourceful, sustainable, and adaptive design" according to Criss Henderson, Managing Director of CST. The new project is comprised of the adaptive reuse of the existing Skyline Stage along with a new structure connecting The Yard to the existing Shakespeare lobby. 

Located adjacent to the existing theater, The Yard is artfully tucked beneath the existing signature tent structure, above an existing parking garage. The new theater is fully enclosed beneath the white tent, using the existing stagehouse and backstage support spaces. The Yard will be connected to the existing facility, by a glazed two story lobby and reception space that will have magnificent views of Lake Michigan.

In order to mitigate glare and heat, the design has employed an electrochromic façade in the lobby. Designed with daylight sensors on the roof, the façade gradually tints as sunlight passes across its southern face. Not only is this a technologically unique solution, it is highly sustainable as it will reduce heat gain and cooling needs for the project. In addition, the “theatrical” nature of the façade is akin to the raising of the curtain, as it will be primarily tinted throughout the day becoming clearer in the evenings as the sun sets and the performances begin. Override capabilities are included for the Client so that at any time, the facade can be as clear or as opaque as desired.

19 oct 17 | AS+GG Press Release
AS+GG’s Design for The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Renewing Chicago’s Cultural Resources through Design
The project introduces a new flexible theater and entrance lobby connected to the existing Chicago Shakespeare Theater... MORE

20 sep 17 | Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Shakespeare’s opens Yard with twitchy ‘Toad’
The Yard, an ingeniously morphable, $35 million, fully enclosed structure that now sits almost invisibly beneath the familiar white tent of the former Skyline Stage... MORE

20 sep 17 | Chicago Tribune
Flexible, intimate and innovative, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare has its opening night
Navy Pier is slowly transforming itself from a hyper-commercialized shopping mall-by-the-lake into an appealing public space... MORE

19 sep 17 | ENR Midwest
Chicago's Flexible, Transforming Theater Space
Architects, engineers and theatrical designers have struggled with the practical limits of live theater since antiquity... MORE

15 sep 17 | Broadway World
Chicago Shakespeare Opens its Third Theater The Yard on 9/19
Introducing a new trend in theatrical architecture, The Yard combines adaptive reuse with innovation in flexible design... MORE

13 sep 17 | DNA Info
Chicago Shakespeare's New Theater At Navy Pier Comes As You Like It
There's now 10 different ways to see a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater... MORE

13 sep 17 | Crain's Chicago Business
First look: The Yard, Navy Pier's new mind-blowing theater
The public won't get in to Chicago Shakespeare's $35 million, 33,000-square-foot one-of-a-kind new space until Sept. 19, when James Thierree's "The Toad Knew" opens... MORE

13 sep 17 | Chicago Sun-Times
With The Yard, Chicago Shakespeare sets engineering poetry in motion
In an extraordinary example of architectural, engineering and theatrical re-purposing The Yard marks the transformation of a single, large, underused outdoor venue (Navy Pier’s former Skyline Stage, renowned for its white tent-like “roof”) into an enclosed structure... MORE

9 Sep 17 | Chicago Tribune
Flexible, intimate and innovative, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare has its opening night
Navy Pier is slowly transforming itself from a hyper-commercialized shopping mall-by-the-lake into an appealing public space... MORE

8 dec 16 | BuiltWorlds
Building & Designing the Theater of Tomorrow | Project Innovation: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
In this episode of Project Innovation, BuiltWorlds dons its hard hats to take you behind the scenes at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare on the famous Navy Pier... MORE

13 apr 16 | Curbed
A More Detailed Look at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater Expansion
New renderings from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture offer a better look at the new facility... MORE

12 apr 16 | AS+GG Press Release
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Named Design Architect For The Yard At Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) Design Partner Gordon Gill has been named as the Design Architect for The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, a new flexible theater and lobby that connects with the existing Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier... MORE

2 mar 16  |  Chicago Sun-Times
Shakespeare Theater announces $35 million expansion on Navy Pier
The Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Wednesday announced a $35 million expansion project on Navy Pier... MORE

2 mar 16  |  Chicago Tribune
New Chicago Shakespeare stage will transform Navy Pier
Behold the Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. Chicago Shakespeare announced on Wednesday its long-anticipated plans to expand its footprint on Navy Pier and take over the space formerly occupied by the concert and performance venue known as the Skyline Stage.. MORE

Client

Chicago Shakespeare Theater


Consultants

Charcoalblue, Theater and Acoustics

2017

AIA Innovation Awards, Stellar Architecture, Honorable Mention

The American Architecture Prize, Honorable Mention in Architectural Design, Cultural Architecture