STLarchitects for Williams Park Fieldhouse
2021 Driehaus Award, First Place
STLarchitects for Chicago Park District
2850 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616
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Located in the heart of historic Bronzeville, the Chicago Park District’s Williams Park Fieldhouse is the newest iconic structure to grace the neighborhood. Responding to the desire of residents, particularly those in the Chicago Housing Authority’s Dearborn Homes who wanted a structure for their families as distinctive as those designed for IIT by Mies van der Rohe and Renzo Piano, STL Architects designed a spectacular building that, like those on the IIT campus, is both beautiful and functional. Outside and adjacent to the structure, there is a play space that mirrors the community day and night. Inside the 11,200-square-foot structure, there is a 3,800 square foot gymnasium, with spectator seating, two multi-purpose rooms, and flexible spaces for exhibitions and events. Using durable materials and building strong relationships with the community, in the Williams Park Fieldhouse STL Architects has created an iconic and sustainable structure.