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G.R.CLARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STUDIO : MACONDO
YEAR : 2003
STATUS : COMPLETED

PROGRAM :

On the near Southwest side of Chicago, Oda Team as part of Macondo designed this 37,000 square feet, two story educational facility. The structure houses a library , 12 classrooms, a gymnasium, offices and a new cafeteria.

The main entrance elevation, with its pitched roof, maintains the scale of the adjacent residential neighborhood, while the east entrance , with its flat elevation is more in keeping with the motifs of an industrial and commercial street. Since the new entrance was required to be at grade level, stairs and an elevator were installed connecting the new and existing school buildings. The design molded a fluid and sculptural statement within the elevator tower. The library roof framing was left exposed to create an exciting , yet quiet environment in which to read and study.