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Crerar Quad – University of Chicago

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Sep 16, 2020
Illinois, USA

The Crerar Science Quadrangle is a “hub” on Campus West near the very heart of the U of Chicago campus. The University wanted to create something spectacular that would cause passersby to take pause and capture a moment of wonder. They imagined two immense concentric circles of light suspended high above the ground, as if hovering overhead. Their vision was lofty, and the components needed to make it work weren’t sitting on a shelf in a manufacturer’s warehouse waiting to be ordered from a spec sheet. Over an 8-month span, Maglin worked closely and collaboratively with architects, Jacobs/Ryan Associates and the project team including engineers, contractors and lighting specialists. The inspiring light installation is now an enduring reminder to University of Chicago scholars, faculty, staff, and visitors to cultivate bold ideas, build solid partnerships, and reach for new heights.

Specifier/Client: University of Chicago
Landscape Architects: Jacobs/Ryan Associates
Photographer: Kate Joyce Studio
Awards: The American Architecture Award for 2019, IES Illumination Award of Merit for 2019