Designing and implementing a prototype library with ample natural lighting.

Greater Grand Crossing Library
Public Building Commission of Chicago
Chicago, IL

The Public Building Commission (PBC) of Chicago commissioned design guidelines and a building program for the design of prototype branch libraries to be located throughout the city. The primary objectives were to establish standards for egalitarian representation of the library throughout the city; set standards for practical and economical means and methods of operation of the library facilities; and to incorporate sustainable design.

At 8,900 sf, the Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library was one of the smaller prototypes realized and is located on the far south side of Chicago in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Clerestory windows flood the two story high reading room with natural light. The building site was donated to the City of Chicago by Gary Comer, founder of Land’s End, and whose Comer Foundation maintains a reading garden adjacent to the library.


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