UNO Soccer Academy High School
Chicago, Illinois / United States of America
United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) believes in the power of architecture to transform education and revitalize communities. An essential part of UNO’s mission: design today’s schools for tomorrow’s world with epic passion and imagination. As the second addition to the site, the new high school serves to anchor the campus, seamlessly connecting to the existing elementary school and future site development. While pedestrian connectivity and public open spaces are paramount, other features include:
High visibility to promote community engagement
Outdoor space used as a living, learning laboratory
A large community plaza and soccer field
Convenient access to public transportation
Connection to local parks and area schools
Minimized vehicular circulation, parking and other impervious surfaces
The design is essentially a 'glass ring' partially shrouded by a striking metal panel. Playful and dramatic angles announce the main entry, gymnasium, and courtyard. As the central hub of the school and community, the courtyard features an energetic and welcoming glass façade linking the interior and exterior. Natural light is maximized to promote a heightened sense of community. The project goal of becoming LEED-Gold-certified was achieved due to the efficiencies in the design and construction.
The school embodies what UNO believes educational facilities should represent: the hopes and dreams of their local communities.
Architect of RecordWight & Company
ContractorUNO Charter Schools
General ContractorWight Construction
- Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers, Inc.
- TERRA Engineering, Ltd.