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​Co-located Chicago Housing Authority and Public Library, Roosevelt Branch

Working with the City of Chicago, SOM is designing one of the city’s first co-located Chicago Housing Authority and Public Library branches. The development is sited on the corner of West Taylor and Ada Streets, and includes a one-story public library branch and two four-story mixed-income residential buildings, with additional retail and community spaces at street level. Designed to create a synergy between the two distinct programs, the building is envisioned as a new hub for the neighborhood.

Activating the street while reflecting the scale and texture of the neighborhood, the buildings are set back and staggered across the site, creating a new public space while preserving the Taylor Street Gardens. Positioned prominently at the corner of the site, the Roosevelt Branch Library welcomes the community inside, with soaring open spaces designed for kids, teenagers, and adults located adjacent to centralized work spaces for librarians and staff. Upstairs, a landscaped public rooftop is envisioned as an outdoor reading room for use by the public and residents alike.

Overlooking the library and Taylor Street Gardens, residential units feature balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows that will create bright, daylit interiors. Indoor spaces were designed with a focus on communal living, providing shared areas on each floor, an open-concept central circulation staircase, and rooftop greenspace. At street level, a covered walkway intersects the development, connecting the residential buildings to the library, Taylor Street, and community gardens, and creating a new pedestrian thoroughfare for the neighborhood.

Now in the conceptual design phase, the project will be realized through an iterative design process, during which the community, civic officials, and stakeholders will be engaged to provide input and feedback as the design evolves.

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