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ChartierDalix: Systems

Systems by ChartierDalix. Photo: Anna Munzesheimer.

About the program

Chicago Architecture Center

111 East Wacker Drive

Sunday-Tuesday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM

Ticketed Admission.

As an official site for CAB 5: This is a Rehearsal, the Chicago Architecture Center presents Systems, an exhibition by Paris-based design studio ChartierDalix.

The exhibition chronicles the work of this trailblazing design firm, with an emphasis on projects that marry architecture and ecology, that create innovate new public spaces in cities, and that reinvent existing buildings through sensitive rehabilitation efforts. The work presented spans all scales, from architecture and the city to the smallest living organism. Large format photography, artifacts, and architectural models bring to life the design thinking behind each project. The exhibition also shares the speculative research ChartierDalix conducted this fall during an eight-week residency at the Chicago Architecture Center. The inquiry has been focused on efforts to revitalize the Loop, Chicago’s central business district. Like many downtowns, Chicago has seen its share of recent challenges with COVID-19, inflation, and the emergence of remote work arrangements.


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Paris, France


ChartierDalix is a French architectural office whose objective is to offer generous spaces, quality of life, and pleasurable places in which to be. For several years, the office has been working on the integration of life and biodiversity in architecture, wherein architecture is apprehended as a built system combining life, poetry, and the commons. Since its creation, ChartierDalix has completed over twenty-five buildings. The office has grown steadily since its creation in 2008 by Pascale Dalix and Frédéric Chartier, and now hosts 86 collaborators and has ten current projects in process.The office has received numerous French and international awards, including the Moniteur Première Œuvre Award in 2009 and the European Young Architects Award “40 under 40″ in 2012. In 2022, the new headquarters of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux in Paris awarded ChartierDalix the Équerre d’argent Award in the “Lieux d’activité” category. The office was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015 and received the “Le Soufaché” prize in 2017, awarded by the French Académie d’architecture for the whole of its work.In 2019, Frédéric Chartier and Pascale Dalix were appointed Chevaliers des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. They are frequently invited as teachers, lecturers or jury members in several schools of architecture, in France and abroad.


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Chicago Architecture Center


111 East Wacker Drive


The Loop


The Chicago Architecture Center is the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation. As Chicago’s forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design, the CAC inspires people to participate in the building of vibrant communities and to demand the highest standard in urban design. The CAC awakens young people to achieve their potential through the discovery of architecture, engineering and design.

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