Cool Building Wednesday: North Grand High School

February 17, 2010


(photo by Lee Bey)

North Grand High School.


(photo by Lee Bey)

Built in 2004 and designed by Chicago firm OWP/P (now OWP/P CannonDesign), North Grand High School is one of the city's most daring examples of public school architecture. The building‚  spreads out over its site--a former brownfield--like a pair of wings. A glassy, tilted entry bay separates the school functionally and visually:‚  walk through the doors and classrooms are on the left; the gym and fitness center is on the right.

There are warm and varied colors inside:


(photo by Lee Bey)

Interior and exterior spaces run up against each other:


(photo by Lee Bey)


(photo by Lee Bey)

The school is located at 4338 W. Wabansia.