The Patrick and Shirley Ryan Center for Musical Arts at Northwestern University

The Patrick and Shirley Ryan Center for Musical Arts at Northwestern University

In September, I spent some time photographing the Patrick and Shirley Ryan Center for Musical Arts at Northwestern University, north of Chicago. Designed by Goettsch Partners, the building is absolutely stunning. I had a great time shooting it and I love the images I got.

The view from South gives a good overview of the whole building. I shot it during the day (see below) and at blue hour (see image at the top). While I prefer the dusk image, I wish the auditorium (the stone cube with dark glass) had been lit.

Main View (1)

Main View (1)

I had seen photos of the building before and I mostly knew what to expect. However, I was surprised how great the building looked from the north. To me, it really looks like a boat, and it’s one of my favorite angles.

Northwest View

Northwest View

The view from the east gives a very different perspective on the building. You’re shooting from a small island, so you can see the lake in the foreground and the trees in the background. Some nice clouds rolled in at sunset to make the image really stand out.

East View

East View

I love the entrance of this building. The glass hall in between the two contrasting volumes really ties the building together.

Entrance (1)

Entrance (1)

My favorite image of the entrance is at dusk, looking towards the lake.

Entrance (2)

Entrance (2)

I also shot a couple of more detail shots to highlight the angular features of the building.

Detail (1)

Detail (1)

Detail (2)

Detail (2)

I then ventured inside, expecting to get kicked out, but no one came. I could only access the entrance hall, but I did get some interesting shots. The materials and the colors are really beautiful. I love the contrast between the wood and the lake in the background.

Main Hall (1)

Main Hall (1)

Main Hall (2)

Main Hall (2)

The glass wall with the view of the lake is just stunning.

Main Hall (3)

Main Hall (3)

This is one of my favorite buildings that I shot in 2016. It is just hard to take a bad photo there. Can you imagine working or studying in such a building?!

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