building entrance

chicago public library dunning branch

completed 2012

construction cost: $8,300,000

client: chicago public library / chicago public building commision

general contractor: f.h. paschen construction

structural engineer: TGRWA

mep engineer: primera engineering

landscape architect: site design group

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this 8,200 sf library replaced an existing storefront library in the chicago dunning neighborhood. designed as part of the campus on an existing elementary school site, the exterior features a reading garden and a playground area. The building's extended eaves and horizontal design was intended to fit into its residential context. the building is heated and cooled with a geo-thermal system and received LEED gold certificate 

entry view

interior lobby rendering

site plan with reading garden

entry vestibule

exterior wall trellis