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SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center in Chicago, USA by Studio Gang Architects

May 5th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Studio Gang Architects

Thinking of change as a liberating architectural opportunity rather than a limitation led to the original design of the SOS Lavezzorio Community Center. As the central hub of SOS Children’s Village Chicago, an organization in Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood that serves foster care families, the building combines services for foster care and neighborhood families under one roof.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing)

  • Architect: Studio Gang Architects
  • Name of Project: SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center
  • Location: Chicago, USA
  • Owner: SOS Children’s Villages Illinois
  • Status: Completed 2008
  • Photos: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing
  • Awards: 2009 First Place, Architectural Excellence in Community Design Award, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; 2008 High Commendation, Civic Category, World Architecture Festival; 2008 Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building, AIA Chicago; 2008 Citation of Merit, Divine Detail, AIA Chicago; 2008 Best Building Award, Building Congress of Chicago

With its limited budget, contributions and in-kind donations were necessary to complete the Center. The building’s main “strata-wall” (made of varying mixes of concrete cast into wavy horizontal layers) preserves and reveals the complex donation system that shaped the project. It also demonstrates the material properties of concrete by exposing its liquid nature.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing)

Inside the building, multi-faceted, naturally lit public spaces encourage a range of learning opportunities and social interaction. An extra-wide bleacher stair in the lobby doubles as classroom seating and an impromptu stage for performance, while a large community room on the second floor serves as classroom, exercise room, and meeting space.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing)

Images Courtesy Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

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