Public Library Housing

City of Chicago reveal plans to combine public libraries and housing, and the architects behind them

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City of Chicago reveal plans to combine public libraries and housing, and the architects behind them. (Courtesy John Ronan Architects)
City of Chicago reveal plans to combine public libraries and housing, and the architects behind them. (Courtesy John Ronan Architects)
In October 2016 the City of Chicago announced a plan to combine public housing and public libraries in multiple locations across the city. Recently the Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Public Library announced the first three of these co-located projects and the architects are designing them. The projects will be located in the West Ridge, Near West Side and Irving Park neighborhoods and will be designed by Perkins+Will, Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM), and John Ronan Architects, respectively. Each of the Chicago-based firms will bring their own experiences and style to the designs John Ronan architects are behind the award-winning Poetry Foundation while SOM has continued to gather accolades for its Chinatown Branch Library Perkins+Will has completed numerous libraries across the country. Construction is set to begin on three projects by the end of the year with, completion expected by the end of 2018.

Architect:
John Ronan Architects
Perkins+Will
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Client:
City of Chicago

Location:
Chicago

Completion Date:
Winter 2018

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