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University of Chicago unveils designs for a striking new building in Hyde Park

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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The Obama Presidential Library isn't the only unconventional new building coming to Hyde Park. The University of Chicago has unveiled the latest designs for the forthcoming David M. Rubenstein Forum, which will take up residence at the southeast corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 60th Street. The unusual design comes from New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, best known for its contributions to New York City's High Line and Museum of Modern Art.

According to UChicago News, the eight-story tower will be divided into a series of "neighborhoods," pairing meeting rooms with shared space that can be reconfigured based on the needs of the user. A new restaurant will take up residence in the Rubenstein Forum's lobby, which will lead visitors to a multipurpose event space and a 285-seat auditorium.

There's currently no indication of when construction on the Rubenstein Forum will begin, but with the nearby Obama Library scheduled to open in 2021, the sights and sounds of construction are about to become commonplace along the Midway Plaisance.

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