JGMA Gives Kenwood’s Ancona School an Auditorium Makeover

The students at the Ancona School in Kenwood have a new recreational facility, thanks in part to JGMA. The Loop architecture firm sent over some photos showing off its renovation of the private elementary school’s auditorium, completed last year.

The project started with an empty 35×65-foot box, and was transformed into a dynamic multi-function space through the use of color, and beams of varying lengths added along the ceiling.  Even though the space is smaller than a basketball court, it can now be used for sports, a performance space, and other school functions.

While æsthetically pleasing, the beams’ primary function is as acoustic baffles in a notoriously echo-y space.  At the same time, they had to be reinforced with aluminum so that they would survive the pounding that comes when you combine children with sports balls.

Enjoy the photo gallery! (All images courtesy of JGMA, photographed by Angie McMonigal)

Location: 4770 South Dorchester Avenue, Kenwood

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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