Pianoforte Museum

Chicago, IL

Kansas State University

The Pianoforte Museum was a design for the new home of the American Pianoforte Association in Chicago’s Printers Row neighborhood. The primary functions of the program were a library, a piano museum, and a 100 person performance space. Each of these key functions was represented as a key element in the structural form of the design. The remaining program was placed in the concrete mass of the design. To maximize the experience within the performance space, it was elevated to the top of the structure. This act of elevating the performance hall gave the space the unique ability to use Chicago’s cityscape as a backdrop.