November 7, 2012

Building Inside Studio Gang Architects

At the Art Institute of Chicago, a unique exhibit is currently on display through February highlighting the work of Studio Gang Architects.  ’Inside Studio Gang Architects presents an engaging workshop-like environment that showcases and reveals the practice’s creative process as they seek architectural solutions to pressing contemporary issues.’  A video made especially for the exhibit, takes us on a tour of the philosophy and culture of Studio Gang Architects. I find the layout of the exhibit display to be engaging, as it offers the experience reflecting the studio atmosphere.

“Though best known for Aqua Tower, the undulating 82-story mixed-use high-rise that is the tallest building in the world designed by a woman, Gang is also distinguished by the great diversity of her work, which includes the Hyderabad O2, a high-rise community in Hyderabad, India; the Zhong Bang Village residential towers in Shanghai; an ecological revitalization project for Lincoln Park Zoo’s South Pond; and Oculus, a concert venue and public park in Taipei. All of these projects—which reflect the wide range of today’s built environment—are marked by an open-minded practice committed to research and experimentation with materials and technologies. Visitors will be able to see beyond the buildings and into the creative process that brought them into being.”

“A look inside…one of today’s most innovative architectural firms, Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, the first exhibition in the world devoted to the Chicago-based group headed by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. This innovative presentation of the work of Studio Gang Architects (SGA) allows visitors to see how buildings and projects are created, what issues they resolve, and how solutions are shaped. Rightly recognized for such landmark buildings as Chicago’s Aqua Tower, SGA is as much a laboratory for ideas and problem-solving as it is an architectural firm. Building brings visitors into that laboratory by examining SGA’s built and unbuilt works in an engaging studio-like space.”

Images and excerpts sourced at  The Art Institute of Chicago

Image 1:  Studio Gang Architects. Aqua Tower, c. 2005. © Hedrich Blessing. Photo by Steve Hall

Image 2:  Studio Gang Architects. Kaohsiung Maritime Museum and Popular Music Center: Harbor Knot, Rendering of Outdoor Performance Area. Courtesy Studio Gang Architects.

Image 3:  Studio Gang Architects. Northerly Island Framework Plan, Aerial View. Courtesy Studio Gang Architects.

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