Independence Library and Apartments / John Ronan Architects

Independence Library and Apartments / John Ronan Architects
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  • Lead Architects: John Ronan FAIA
  • Project Team: John Ronan FAIA, Principal and Lead Designer; Marcin Szef, Project Architect; Andre Akins; Danielle Beaulieu AIA LEED GA; Sam Park AIA; Eric Cheng; John Kerner AIA; Courtney Arabea; Laura Gomez Hernandez; Will Corcoran AIA, Wenda Wei
  • Developer: Evergreen Real Estate Group
  • Contractor: Leopardo Companies
  • Civil: Terra Engineering
  • Landscape: Terra Engineering
  • Structural: Thornton Tomasetti
  • Acoustician: Shiner Acoustics, LLC
  • Mep/Fp: dbHMS
  • Lighting: dbHMS
  • Leed: dbHMS
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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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