This 12,500 square foot project near the Chicago Loop combines five individually chosen, meaningful functions to be stacked at the North end of a small existing park. My functions are a computer service and gaming center, a dog care facility, a film center, a party space, and a homeless shelter. A ceremonial stair connects all parts of the project, both physically and conceptually. The homeless shelter is clearly different than the other functions, and in the project I strived to make a statement that the homeless need not be hidden or outcast from society. The stairway functions as a public space that gives passers through a sense of what each portion of the project contains. I also wished to express on the facade the variety of functions within. A pattern of metal fins cover the west and south facades with reference to the function on the other side of the wall. The east facade is an expression of the individual homeless pods that overlook the city. The glass-enclosed ceremonial stair stands between these two parts, both separating and joining them, and functioning as a beacon at night.
Status: School Project
Location: 700 S Dearborn, Chicago, IL