North Chicago VAMC Community Living Facility
North Chicago, Illinois
VAMC, Perkins Eastman Architect
The North Chicago VAMC Community Living facility is a housing complex for the veterans of war in North Chicago, IL. The concept behind this project is to enrich the physical and mental lives of the users by providing creative spatial planning, therapeutic landscape plantings, gardening opportunities, and flexible outdoor use spaces. This approach will create a sense of place and community at a residential scale while promoting the connection to the nature. The design features tree lined streets, houses that face each other, a central spine of efficient vehicular circulation and a pedestrian connection to the adjacent land uses. Accessible walkways, features and an organized emergency pathway system are placed throughout. The complex shares one flexible community open space which provides seating areas, plantings, and event space to accommodate artistic performances. Each home also shares a more intimate outdoor space with an accessible raised planting bed for seasonal flower planting or vegetable garden use. The planting design intent is to preserve mature vegetation where possible to create the sense of an established residential community, provide a perimeter informal planting screen to soften views to adjacent properties, and focus on low maintenance planting throughout.
Perkins Eastman was the architect, and Wolff Landscape Architecture Inc. was the landscape architect and prime consultant.