Chicago Opens New Libraries and Affordable Housing Projects After Design Competition (Chicago Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
June 6th, 2019

From Next City:

Perkins + Will is an eighty-year-old architecture firm with noteworthy designs across the world, including the 850-foot Chase Tower in Chicago, where the firm is based. Its architects have designed university buildings in Vancouver, Beijing, and Saudi Arabia, and museums in São Paulo, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. In 2017, it had the second-most revenue of any firm in the United States.

Big shots, in other words.

This month, the firm is marking the completion of a new kind of project: A new neighborhood branch library co-located with affordable housing for seniors in Chicago. The project, called Northtown Branch, is one of three new co-located library/affordable housing projects in the city, commissioned through a design competition announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2016. It includes 44 apartments: 30 of them will be rented to people on the Chicago Housing Authority waiting list and another 14 are reserved for people earning up to 60 percent of area median income.

Read Next City's article "Chicago Opens New Libraries and Affordable Housing Projects After Design Competition," featuring the Chicago Housing Authority. 

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