Ryan Center for Musical Arts
In collaboration with Goettsch Partners, Hoerr Schaudt designed a new Arts Green for Northwestern University’s Ryan Center for Musical Arts. The 6.5-acre project replaces the former Arts Circle on the Evanston campus, and was designed to form a new quadrangle that frames the iconic views along the lakefront toward the Chicago skyline. The site and landscape design for the Ryan Center was focused on the idea of providing a collaborative outdoor space for students; the new space is surrounded by the musical arts program, dance, museum of art, and Pick-Staiger concert hall. The spacious axial lawn serves as a flexible performance area that can host a wide array of outdoor activities.
The building occupies a key position in the lakefront’s recreation corridor and maintaining and enhancing these links was a key component of the design. The quadrangle connects directly to the beach on Lake Michigan, while a wide promenade for running and biking occupies the building’s eastern edge.