M.Arch. Comprehensive Building Project, Gallery 2
Adam Wolf. The Chicago Sleep Research and Wellness Center is nocturnal. During the daytime, the building sits as an unassuming hibernating block. At night it transforms into a glowing organism by revealing the functions within. The conceptual basis lies in reversing the typical wall construction, which leaves the “drywall” wrapping the exterior and creates an interior void which acts as the “exterior." 1 of 3.
Adam Wolf. In order to allow for natural light and ventilation, the building has been pulled apart--creating gills through which the building breathes. This stretch sets up the structural heirarchy, along with delineating programmatic functions. What is left suspended in the void is the control room, the most important element in understanding the unconscious mind. 2 of 3.
Adam Wolf, "Chicago Sleep Research and Wellness Center." 3 of 3.
Rusudan Margishvili. Sleep Institute is a research center which supports patient services, research and monitoring labs, operational spaces for physicians and technologists, and spaces for public engagement (art installation exhibition spaces, library, auditorium, movie room, cafe and space for experimental research, and attractions for the public). 1 of 3.
Rusudan Margishvili, "Sleep Institute." The design of the center was inspired by the experiential aspect of dreams. 2 of 3.
Rusudan Margishvili, "Sleep Institute." 3 of 3.
Azin Eftekhari, "Sleep Research Center in Chicago." 1 of 3.
Azin Eftekhari, "Sleep Research Center in Chicago." 2 of 3.
Azin Eftekhari, "Sleep Research Center in Chicago." 3 of 3.
Brendan Casidy, "Cradle Sleep Centre." The Cradle posits the sleep room portion of the program in two cross laminated timber prefabricated boxes at the park side of the site. These boxes exude a warmth inside them due to the wood finish which contrasts the cool interior of the rest of the building. 1 of 3.
Brendan Casidy, "Cradle Sleep Centre." The masonry towers that support the boxes at the front of the building and reach to the ceiling at the rear contain the public program, including a theatre, gallery, library, and nap room, as well as the remainder of the research centre program. 2 of 3.
Brendan Casidy, "Cradle Sleep Centre." The massing of the building consists of horizontal and vertical volumes that intersect in such a manner as to create solid and void spaces. The way that shadows fall due to the edges of these volumes creates subtly lit spaces punctuated by bright moments. 3 of 3.