Incorporating sustainable elements into a prototype library design.

Richard M. Daley 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 16,300 sf, the Richard M. Daley Branch Library was one of the large prototypes realized and is located northwest of downtown Chicago in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. Clerestory windows flood the two story high reading room with natural light. The building site is landscaped with native plant materials, including a bioswale, extending the learning experience to the outdoors.


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