Little Village Academy

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Posted by  Laura Saviano on November 06, 2000 at 07:35:32:


Little Village Academy, Chicago, Illinois, Ross Barney+Jankowski, Inc. Architects. The new Little Village Academy school is located in the heart of Chicago's Mexican community. The site is minimal, 400' x 120', and is bordered by commercial properties along Lawndale and 27th Street. Residential properties line the West and

The small site dictates a very efficient plan. The three story building is organized around a central stair which forms the functional and spiritual heart of the school. The curved, skylit stair enclosure is highlighted by a three story vertical sundial, which also marks the building's main entrance. Other special rooms receive unique facade treatments; the library has a clerestoried reading room; the science lab has a greenhouse bay window; the cafeteria curves into the playground.

Materials for the 68,000 square feet building were selected for cost effectiveness and durability. Major finishes include split and ground face concrete block, glazed brick and block, and particle board paneling.

1999 Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture
American Institute of Architects

1998 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award
Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards

1997 Distinguished Building Award
American Institute of Architects Chicago

1996 Silver Medal
Illinois Indiana Masonry Council

1998 Merit Award
Chicago Building Congress

1997 Interior Architecture Award
American Institute of Architects Chicago

1996 Educational Environments Exhibition
Illinois Association of School Boards

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