Albany Park Library
Jackson Harlan LLC
Chicago Public Library
TGDA worked with the architecture firm Jackson Harlan and the Public Building Commission of Chicago to design the site and landscape of the new Albany Park Branch Library located on Chicago’s Northwest side. Based on an existing building prototype, the corner site offers opportunities beyond those found in a traditional library setting: a transit-friendly locale, the revitalization of the surrounding streetscape, and ample outdoor community gathering spaces.
The landscape is integrated with the building design so that rainwater is captured from the upper roof, filtered, and stored in a 6,000 gallon underground tank. The stored water is then used as part of the irrigation system on the ground level and green roof planting areas. The majority of the planting areas are also designed to capture and filter stormwater runoff. The project is expected to be certified LEED Gold.
The main entrance to the reading garden is accessible from the street and serves as a pocket park amenity for the neighborhood. Just as the community will be able to enjoy the space in warmer weather, a planted slope and garden wall with vines serves as a year-round backdrop as library patrons peer outside through a large picture window.