FROM AIA CHICAGO:
For a street corner site on Chicago’s Southwest Side, the architects created an inviting and sunny home for an organization that provides speech, occupational and developmental therapy services for children. Their budget was modest—$154 per square foot—but their results impressive. The entrance, where the facade peels back, has a tactile sense that comes from its boardformed concrete construction that children will want to touch, as do the oversized toy blocks that make up a corner column. Once inside, children and their parents find “transparency and light, a place that children will enjoy being in,” a juror said. Resilient, kid-proof spaces with clean, modern lines and splashes of color that don’t go crazy gave Little You “a grown-up presence on a budget,” as one juror put it.
For more information about the 2014 AIA Chicago Small Projects Awards, please read http://www.architectmagazine.com/award-winners/aia-chicago-announces-winners-of-2014-small-projects-awards_o.aspx