Lycee Francais is a private school located in Chicago, IL. Kids are required to speak french and english as all classes are taught in French. The school consist of grades K-12. The idea behind the project was to design a school with a modern way of learning. This was accomplished by designing for total flexibility. The classrooms are able to be one room or open up and combine into one large room. Each classroom was situated along a courtyard where kids have access to learn outdoors as well as indoors. Studies show that natural light and views into nature help kids learn and pay closer attention during school. The building was divided up into 3 sections. The field house is on the west side of the building seperated from the class rooms by a bookstore, circulation, and offices. This makes the building more secure during after school activites. The structure of the building is Dukane double wall precast panels and slabs. The more dynamic spaces have a more colorful and dynamic pattern in the precast on the outdoor giving the viewer a sense of what’s happing inside. Louvers were added to block direct sunlight in the classrooms and offices. LEED credit of 64 pts and a Gold rating was anticipated during design.
Status: School Project
Location: Chicago, IL, US