Four Minutes of GEMS: Chicago’s Urban Vertical School

It’s been a few years since GEMS World Academy opened its Lower School in Lakeshore East.  The bKL-designed building won a bunch of awards, and did a great job of filling in a difficult space with something that looks like it belongs.

GEMS Academy Lakeshore East
What an awesome school facade looks like.

Recently, bKL put out a promotional video showing off its work.  Even if you’re familiar with this project, it’s worth seeing it again through the eyes of its creators.

Location: 350 East South Water Street, The Loop

Author: Editor

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