University of Chicago: Law School Reflecting Pool
The University of Chicago
13,050 sf pool / $2.5M
Delta Fountains (Water Feature Consultant)
Weber Consultants (MEP Engineer)
Originally designed by Eero Saarinen and constructed in the early 1960s, this building is a modern classic complemented by a courtyard with a large reflecting pool.
The reflecting pool is located on the north side of the Law School library. The need for seasonal winterization caused the pool to be drained for a long portion of each academic year - creating an unsightly appearance of an empty basin. Our team led the development of conceptual alternatives for this renovation, eventually proceeding with a zero-depth reflecting pool that would mimic the Saarinen reflecting pool.
Instead of an empty basin appearance in the winter, this pool would become a granite plaza flush with the surrounding paving. Dark granite pavers give the appearance of a deep pool even though the water is only 1/4" deep. The final design respects the historic Saarinen design while appearing as a gracious plaza and forecourt during the off-season.