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Northwestern University Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center

A Glazed Sculpture on the Edge of Lake Michigan

Perkins+Will

America settentrionale | Evanston

One of America’s top ranking places of higher education, Northwestern University in the state of Illinois is headquartered in Evanston, a northern suburb of the huge metropolitan area of Chicago bordering Lake Michigan. Most of the university campus enjoys an enviable location around the bay of the lake. Like the built-up downtown area, the concentration and massing of the university campus buildings contrast with the nearby low-density suburbs of mainly detached family houses in their own grounds.

The project for the Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center developed out of the university’s decision to move its existing sports facilities located far from the campus center to an existing recreation facility closer to hand, and so make sports and athletic activities a more integral part of academic life,...

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