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Beautiful Green Roof Garden Tops the Gary Comer Youth Center in Chicago

by , 05/11/11
filed under: green roof

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This 8,160 square foot roof garden in Chicago, designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, is an after-school learning space. Under the guidance of a garden manager, kids use this urban agriculture roof to produce more than 1,000 pounds of organic produce each year. Colorful and graphic, it turns the typical working vegetable garden into a place of beauty and respite.

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  1. thedisgruntledarchitect May 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I have seen this building and had a tour of it a few years ago. It is a really impressive youth center and the garden roof is fantastic – really gets students involved in the process of growing and being green. Also, the design concept focuses on sight lines, primarily out of a need for security, but they do it in a way that does not feel “big brother” and has a very unique manifestation in the built environment. Very cool and well done facility, especially for a youth center which typically does not get the royal treatment. The exterior skin also incorporates a fun color scheme which adds an element of the whimsical and colorful in an otherwise difficult neighborhood.

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