La Casa Dormitories

A composition of glass curtain wall, masonry-colored rain panels, and a varied pattern of individual windows provides a lively presence to this home for 105 students in the heart of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. UrbanWorks developed the unique program with community-based developer, The Resurrection Project, to provide a subsidized college residential experience for Hispanic students who cannot afford to live at nearby universities. The six-story, 33,000-square-foot building incorporates commercial space and offices for the Instituto del Progresso Latino, a partner organization. Student facilities include kitchens, laundry, a computer lounge, and administrative offices.

AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS:

  • 2013 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award for Construction Under $15 Million
  • 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, First Place Read More
  • 2012 ALA Design Award
  • A Dorm for All Colleges: La Casa Dormitories is featured in the New York Times, November 2, 2012

LOCATION: Chicago, IL
CLIENT: The Resurrection Project
ARCHITECT: UrbanWorks, Ltd.
CONSULTING FIRMS: Avila Consulting Services, Inc. (Structural), HMS Engineering (MEP)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tony May Photography
VISUALIZATION: Hoffman Visualization
PROJECT INITIATION: 2008
COMPLETION OF WORK: 2012
SITE AREA: 6500 SF (building)