The project is a renovation of an existing 10,000 sf industrial building
located in Chicago's Fulton Market District just west of downtown. Sited
on a corner lot, the building has two distinct street conditions that the
design begins to negotiate: the main thoroughfare of Fulton Street and
the less traveled side street.
The main component of the program is a large open performance area
with an elevated stage. The performance area is sub-divisible into five
studios for dance lessons. Changing rooms, ample storage and a private
studio are also included. Accompanying the dance functions of the project
is a cafe/small restaurant and bar component. The cafe permeates
the main facade and spills out onto Fulton Street while also forming a
bracketing audience component to the performance stage.