Richard J. Klarchek Information

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Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons

Loyola University

6501 N. Kenmore Avenue

This was one of the featured locations in openhousechicago 2011 and 2012.

Designed by John C. Lahey of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Richard Klarchek Information Commons is Loyola University's first energy-efficient building. Completed in 2007, it is a great example of contextual architecture. The northern and southern sides feature concrete towers that correspond to the concrete facades of the historic surrounding buildings, while the central portion of the building is an impressive, modern glass wall. The back of the building offers one of the best, uninterrupted views of Lake Michigan in the city. This 69,000 sq.ft. digital research center is Silver LEED certified, just one point away from a Gold LEED certification. The building's unique mechanical design harnesses natural ventilation, allowing it to use 50% less energy than code demands.

Connected to the building is the 1930 E.M. Cudahy Library-an example of architect Andrew Rebori's distinctive approach to early modernism. Inside find an Art Deco mural by John Warner Norton celebrating the late 17th Century explorers of the Chicago region.