Element Annex: Durkin Park Elementary School

BRIEF: Expand a cramped public elementary school with an annex for the students in the upper grades. New dining area, science space, and tween-friendly lounge spaces are particular priorities. Maximize opportunities for students to be outside and experience a range of learning environments. Integrate sustainability and natural systems.

Typologies: Education
Year: 2012
Location: Southwest Side of Chicago
My role: Designer + Illustrator
End users: Children ages 8-11
Client: Chicago Public Schools
Partners: Durkin Park Elementary PTA
Scope of Work: Design Concept
Status: Academic

Aerial view of proposed annex

View from the main entrance, looking into central teaching garden and rain collection system. Dining area adjacent in green; lounge in rear.


First floor plan


Wall section with green roof