Cool Building Wednesday: North Grand High School

Cool Building Wednesday: North Grand High School

(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.