John Ronan Architects creates round brick constructing for Chicago Park District

Salvaged brick and aluminium screens function on the outside of a spherical constructing designed by native studio John Ronan Architects to deal with the Chicago Park District Headquarters and a group subject home.

The undertaking was constructed on a former brownfield web site in Brighton Park, an traditionally underserved neighbourhood on the southwest aspect of Chicago.

The constructing has a brick and aluminium facade

That includes “an iconic form befitting an necessary civic establishment”, the round constructing comprises the workplace headquarters for Chicago Park District (CPD) – a non-profit municipal park administration organisation –and a sports activities/recreation facility that’s open to the general public.

The 2-storey constructing overlooks a 17-acre (6.9-hectare) park – a setting that provides the constructing “a dignified presence” and enhances the work setting, based on native studio John Ronan Architects.

Exterior of the Chicago Park District Headquarters by John Ronan Architects
John Ronan Architects designed a spherical constructing for the park headquarters

“The constructing is designed to make CPD workers really feel like they’re working in a park and put them in shut contact with the general public they serve,” the crew stated.

That includes an atypical plan, the 256-diameter (78-metre) constructing consists of bars set inside rounded perimeter partitions and organised round two interior courtyards.

Exterior of a curved building with perforated aluminium cladding
The constructing overlooks a park

The courtyards “convey gentle and air into the centre of the constructing and create out of doors assembly, recreation and rest house,” the crew stated.

One aspect of the constructing holds the CPD workplaces whereas the opposite encompasses the sphere home (which features a gymnasium, a health centre and membership rooms). The constructing totals 80,000 sq. ft (7,432 sq. metres)

Courtyard surrounded by a two-storey glazed building by John Ronan Architects
Courtyards let pure gentle into the interior areas

Partitions are product of concrete blocks and are confronted with Chicago widespread bricks, identified for his or her pinkish hue. The bricks had been salvaged from two demolished buildings within the space.

The brickwork helps to “root the design within the native constructing tradition and foreground the theme of reclaiming the location for the group”, stated the studio.

Courtyard surrounded by a two-storey brick and glass buildings by John Ronan Architects
Pink-hued bricks had been used on the exterior partitions

The constructing’s cost-effective structural system consists of metallic bar joists that span between the masonry-bearing partitions.

Perimeter facades function bronze-tinted glass and arched lattices product of anodised aluminium. Inexperienced roofs assist mitigate the warmth island impact, a typical downside in closely concrete-clad cities.

Inside finishes embody uncovered brick partitions and terrazzo flooring. Wooden from native ash bushes killed by bugs was used for furnishings, wall cladding and health club flooring.

The workplace portion was designed to accommodate 205 workers and options a mixture of open and enclosed workspaces. In an upper-level break room, workers can watch actions within the subject home via a glazed wall.

Opening in a brick wall revealing a wood-clad interior
Ash wooden clads the inside

“The workers break room is located on the coronary heart of the second ground and borders a courtyard on one aspect with the gymnasium on the opposite, permitting CPD workers to look at a basketball recreation whereas they eat their lunch,” the crew stated.

Additionally within the higher portion of the constructing is a terrace that overlooks the park and may be reserved for occasions.

People playing basketball in an indoor court with exposed brick walls
Uncovered brick options within the inner areas

The constructing is linked to the park by way of a pathway that was knowledgeable by American panorama architect Frederick Legislation Olmsted’s park and boulevard system for Chicago.

John Ronan Architects grasp deliberate the park and teamed up with native studio Website Design Group for its design. The park contains soccer fields, open lawns, a playground and a water function.

Office meeting room with exposed brick walls and large windows overlooking another building
The constructing contains open and enclosed workplace areas

One of many oldest and largest park districts in America, the CPD oversees over 600 parks, a zoo, two botanical conservatories, 11 museums, Solder Area stadium, and different leisure areas.

The CPD Headquarters was previously located in a high-rise constructing in downtown Chicago. In 2018, the division started to seek for a brand new location as a part of a mayoral initiative to maneuver metropolis companies to the neighbourhoods.

Courtyard looking into a glazed building with office meeting rooms
The constructing is located on a former brownfield web site in Brighton Park

After a protracted search, the Park District chosen the placement in Brighton Park, a primarily Spanish-speaking group that has been traditionally underserved.

The positioning is close to a significant bus line and a practice cease, and its massive acreage has enabled the Park District to supply “indoor and out of doors recreation alternatives for folks of all ages and skills”, the crew stated.

The undertaking included an intensive group engagement course of with neighbourhood teams, native aldermen and fogeys of schoolchildren. Its impression has been vital for each the CPD and the encompassing group.

Exterior of the Chicago Park District Headquarters next to a park
Group engagement initiatives fashioned a part of the undertaking

“The constructing offers workers with a dignified office commensurate with the significance of the work that’s undertaken by CPD workers,” the crew stated.

“Equally, the brand new subject home and park has offered wanted recreation services and serves as a supply of satisfaction for an traditionally underserved neighborhood.”

Different tasks by John Ronan Architects embody a square-shaped residence alongside Lake Michigan that’s clad in charred wooden and a Chicago constructing with vibrant balconies that comprises low-cost housing for seniors, and a library.

The images is by James Florio.