UChicago Child Development Center – Stony Island is located in Chicago and designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects. It is a 2013 project about a daycare built in a simple way and also integrated well with its natural environment. With the great architecture and facilities, this development center can provide the best place for all children in the city.
The inspiration comes from the adjacent historic landscape. The integration of the natural environment is made with the building architecture and the child-centered curriculum, creating a good daycare center for the kids.
The building is simple and also unique. It has a z-shaped right in the modest infill site, optimizing the daylight and also the private exterior connections. This center is not only providing the best place for the kids but also for their parents.
The natural play courts provide some age-appropriate physical challenges and also exploration. The eastern side is designed for the toddlers and infants while the western side is the place for the children up to the age of five years old. Both sides are topped by the folded roof.
The emotional center of the building is the space for the guests, the working staff, and also the families. The entrance area is bounded by some monumental boulders, ornamental trees, and also a gabion stone fence.