Westfield Old Orchard Glass Cube in Skokie, Illinois. Courtesy Westfield (left) and © James Steinkamp Photography (right).
Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design of the steel frame and foundations and façade design services for an award-winning, free-standing, 1,300-square-foot glass cube that serves as a multifunction space for short-term exhibitions, promotional parties, concerts and other events. Two operable walls transition the cube into an open, naturally ventilated structure during warmer months to function as a band shell and afford seasonal exhibition space.
To preserve the transparency of the pavilion, the structure is supported on just four steel columns, one in each corner. A series of large doors on the north and south façades pivot to open the space to the outdoors. The east and west walls consist of oversized anti-reflective glass panels supported by structural glass fins joined to the panels by structural silicone. Stainless steel plates embedded into the fins at roof level support the roof glass and transfer the façade loads to the main structure.
The minimalist system is nearly invisible. The interior has no fixed furnishings or floor finishes and includes movable lights and strategically placed power locations to allow flexibility in programming.
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