Gabion Fence - UChicago Child Development Center - Stony Island

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Families walking to the center from the street, encounter a six-foot high gabion fence on a berm along the sidewalk, with undulating lifts of white, buff, and dark green colored stones covered in climbing vines. As the turn toward the center's main doors, huge glacial boulders line the meandering path, completing a secure, but discreet perimeter for the east playcourt. Instead of appearing as an impenetrable fortress, the center offers up natural textures and scale in a way that keeps security in the background and wondering and learning in the foreground.

If children learn what they live, then they will learn to value the natural world here - a place that insists that during all four seasons - nature, play, and learning are seamless.



Architect of record

Lawrence Kearns
Wheeler Kearns Architects
343 S Dearborn St Ste 200
Chicago, il 60604, USA
Phone: 312.939.7787
larry@wkarch.com

General contractor

Christopher Hogan
Leopardo Companies
5200 Prairie Stone Parkway
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192, USA
Phone: 847.902.4418
cjhogan@leopardo.com

Consultant 1

Tod Hara
MIG
800 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Phone: 510 845 7549
todh@migcom.com

Consultant 2

Lindsay Bose Zanders
Primera Engineering
100 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, il 60606, USA
Phone: 312-606-0910
lzanders@primeraeng.com

Consultant 3

David Weihing
Thornton Tomasetti, Inc
330 N Wabash Ave Ste 1500
Chicago, il 60611, usa
Phone: 312.596.2140
dweihing@ThorntonTomasetti.com

Photographer

Steve Hall
Hedrich Blessing
400 N Peoria
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 312 491 1101
Steve@HedrichBlessing.com

Photographer 2

Lawrence Kearns
Wheeler Kearns Architects
343 S Dearborn St Ste 200
Chicago, il 60604, USA
Phone: 312.939.7787
larry@wkarch.com