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Independence Library and Apartments / John Ronan Architects

Independence Library and Apartments / John Ronan Architects
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  • Project Team:John Ronan, Marcin Szef, Andre Akins, Danielle Beaulieu, Sam Park, Eric Cheng, John Kerner, Courtney Arabea, Laura Gomez Hernandez, Will Corcoran, Wenda Wei
  • Developer:Evergreen Real Estate Group
  • MEP/FP:dbHMS
  • LEED:dbHMS
  • MEP:dbHMS
  • Fire Protection:dbHMS
  • City:Chicago
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Text description provided by the architects. This hybrid library/affordable housing project in Chicago combines a 16,000 square foot branch library with a 44-unit affordable apartment complex for seniors. The two-story library element is slid forward on the site to the street to foreground its public nature, while the residential block, which hovers above, is set back from the street.

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The two-story library supports reading and learning areas for all age groups, as well as a large community multi-purpose room which supports public lectures, gatherings and events. The second floor of the library extends out over the covered parking to form a park-like terrace space serving as an outdoor amenity space for residents as well as occasional library use.

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Ground floor plan - library
Ground floor plan - library
Section B
Section B
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All apartments feature brightly-colored balconies recessed into the façade speak to individuality amidst the collective, enabling residents to identify their house from the street in a conscious attempt to transcend the brutal pragmatism which has characterized Chicago’s past efforts in this area.

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Sustainable design elements include green roof, storm water management, daylighting and passive ventilation.

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Address:Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Cite: "Independence Library and Apartments / John Ronan Architects" 01 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/927467/independence-library-and-apartments-john-ronan-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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