The Logan Center (named after major donors to the project) is scheduled to open in 2011 on the south end of the University of Chicago campus, alongside Frederick Law Olmsted's historic Midway Plaisance Park. The facility will include performance, lecture and exhibition spaces for the visual arts, theater, music and film, including music practice rooms, a black box theater, a film vault and screening hall and digital media and editing labs.
Williams Tsien's design was chosen over those of 60 other firms; the four other finalists were Vienna's Hans Hollein, Tokyo's Fumihiko Maki and Americans Thom Mayne and Daniel Libeskind.
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects is run by the husband-and-wife team of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, whose designs include Johns Hopkins University's Mattin Student Art Center and New York's American Folk Art Museum, which won the Arup World Architecture Award as "Best Building in the World" in 2002.
According to The New York Times, the design features a glass and stone building with several quadrangles, narrow rectilinear windows and a tower described as a "beacon of light."