Krueck & Sexton Architects
SPERTUS INSTITUTE OF JEWISH STUDIES, CHICAGO
Nicholas Tamarin -- Interior Design, 12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Since the role of light is fundamental to the Jewish intellectual tradition, principals Ron Krueck and Mark Sexton explored luminosity throughout this ground-up building, located on what was one of Michigan Avenue's last open spaces. Beginning with a triple-height entry featuring a monumental staircase, visitors are encouraged to move up through the building's vertical organization of spaces. The facade's origamilike folds of low-emission glass modulate the scale of the 10-story institute. Inside, a faceted drywall protrusion mirrors the exterior creasing while balustrades of clear-glass panels reflect and transmit light through the 145,000-square-foot building, which includes an auditorium, a library, classrooms, and a museum. As upward movement continues, generous views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park are revealed.
project New York Public Library Francis Martin Branch, Bronx, New York.
standout This 5,000-square-foot project centers on the colorful second-floor children's reading room, where an open-plan configuration takes advantage of the panoramic views and abundant daylight provided by the building's gently curving facade.
project Lyric Theatre, Oklahoma City.
standout The renovation of this 1935 theater yielded a lobby with 8-foot-tall letters in color-changing LEDs, a new wood-lath ceiling, and unearthed and restored exposed-brick walls.
project Haunch of Venison, New York.
standout Because this office-space conversion was part of the landmark Rockefeller Center, the architect created a series ofcrisp, white volumes—featuring poured-epoxy flooring and removable skylights for installing large artwork—within the existing masonry shell.