Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveil New Vision for David M. Rubenstein Forum

The cantilevered design more openly expresses the internal neighborhoods of the tower. All images courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has amended its original plans for the University of Chicago’s David M. Rubenstein Forum. New renderings detail the modified volume, reformatted to more openly express the building’s interior neighborhoods. Previous designs were released nearly a year ago.


Image courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Spanning 90,000 square feet, the new cantilevered structure now features a zinc and glass composition across an eight-story tower fixed upon a two-story base. The ground floor will host a lobby and restaurant in addition to a multifunctional event space on the mezzanine accommodating up to 600 people. A 285-seat auditorium will be installed at the base along with an informal meeting area. To promote collaboration, meeting rooms and informal areas will be paired to adapt to user needs. The tower’s highest volume will house another mixed-use room for 75 people with framed views of the skyline, Lake Michigan, and the Midway Plaisance.