No. 357 . 07 November 2007 
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Chicago AIA Awards 2007

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AIA Chicago has announced its 2007 Design Excellence Awards, with 13 honor awards and thirty-three others across the categories of distinguished building, sustainable design, interior architecture, and "divine detail."

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The Gary Comer Youth Center by John Ronan Architects is a bright new building on Chicago's South Side. The youth center received multiple awards, including honor awards in both the distinguished building and divine detail categories and a special recognition in sustainable design for the building's green roof.

As the home of the South Shore Drill Team, the facility centers around an adaptable gym space that converts to a 600-seat performance theater. Spaces for education and recreation programs wrap around the gym, some visible from the outside. Slot windows pepper a facade in which large expanses of glass are limited, partly to make the building and its inhabitants less vulnerable to gun violence. But the interior features extensive glazing, and skylights bring natural light into the gym and cafeteria. Jurors liked the way the building turned its "solid skin to the street side, and then opened up inside."   >>>

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