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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

AS+GG is designing 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 will introduce 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 goals are to introduce 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 for the lobby. Designed with daylight sensors on the roof, the façade will gradually tint 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.

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