GEMS Lower School
The GEMS Lower School building in Lakeshore East was designed by a group of local and international education architecture experts. The green school features a multitude of amenities and additional learning enhancements, creating a new model for a high-rise school. The use of state-of-the art technology enables students to collaborate with classrooms throughout the world, providing an international perspective on education.
at a glance
Juxtaposed against an adjacent park, the playful exterior is a modernist composition of interlacing colored panels and glass.
The configuration responds to internal program elements while rationalizing the construction, allowing for fast-paced fabrication. Organized to reduce travel times, the common areas are stacked centrally. Interior architecture is driven by flexibility, optimized floor area, connectivity, daylight, and views. The design responds to the unique site constraints, provides a variety of spatial experiences, and makes strategic use of color and materials while maintaining a consistent approach to detailing.
We are proud of the recognition our Lower School has received since its completion in 2014:
- AIA IL 2016 Mies van der Rohe Citation of Merit
- IIDA RED Award: exemplary design in Educational - PK12 interiors
- ENR Midwest Best Projects Award of Merit: K–12 Education
- ASA Chicago Outstanding Project 2015
Discover more awards and recognition of our students, faculty, and campus.
Source: bKL Architecture