Green Housing: Wentworth Commons

Green Housing: Wentworth Commons

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Janel Laban
May 12, 2008

Small, cool, and green. Wentworth Commons is 51-unit apartment complex on the far South Side of Chicago that provides housing for formerly homeless people. Designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux, the apartments' green features include rooftop solar panels that generate a quarter of the building's electricity, wheatboard wall panels, and native landscaping. We especially like the apartment layouts, which make the most of a small space by incorporating lots of natural light and using island counters to divide kitchen and dining areas...

Admittedly, the finishes and furniture are a little dorm-like, but there are some cool details like round skylights on the top floor, energy star appliances in apartments, low-VOC paints throughout, and cork flooring in some spaces. Each floor also has a communal living room, and there's a permanent bike storage room for residents.

The building was funded by Mercy Housing Lakefront, developers of the Helmut Jahn-designed Near North Apartments. For more information, see this article from the AIA.

Photos: AIA and Design Advisor

Originally posted by Sarah on AT:Chicago.

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