VanderCook College of Music

VanderCook College

VanderCook College of Music is a private college located within Mies van der Rode designed buildings on the IIT campus in Chicago. LCM was asked to design a complete renovation of one of their facilities. The design maintains the original character of the historic building while providing state-of-the-art facilities.

The new design has a performance space located in the building center within an existing two story space. Flexibility, a key criterion for the college, is maintained through the use of collapsible risers for seating and repositionable performance backgrounds. Additional space on the first floor houses classrooms, lockers, instrument storage and expanded core functions. A one-story later addition will become reception/pre-function space with a direct connection to the performance area. The partial second level will house faculty offices, modular practice rooms, ensemble practice spaces, the music library, and instrument repair.

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