Rubenstein Forum, meeting space with a view, opens on 60th Street
HYDE PARK HERALD | NOVEMBER 3, 2020
The David Rubenstein Forum has opened on 60th Street, providing not only badly needed meeting space for the University of Chicago (currently retrofitted for use amid the coronavirus pandemic) but a striking addition to Hyde Park’s architectural panoply.
Designed by the New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, who also created Manhattan’s High Line linear park and The Broad contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, the zinc-clad, 97,000-square-foot, 166-foot-high tower features sweeping views of campus, surrounding neighborhoods, the downtown skyline and Lake Michigan.
“I think for us, the importance of the facility is really its vision and mission for providing a space for meeting on campus,” said Associate Vice President Tracy McCabe on a tour. “The architecture, which was really our President (Robert) Zimmer’s vision, and the uniqueness of it really followed from that idea.”