In Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood a 23-story tower east of Michigan Avenue looks very different from the surrounding “utilitarian towers” and looks as though it is made of giant building blocks, stacked high by a child. This is the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, a $605 million project that was completed last June. The building takes up 1.25 million square feet on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital campus. The design team was comprised of three American architecture firms: ZGF Architects out of Los Angeles, Solomon Cordwell Buenz of Chicago, and Anderson Mikos Architects, based out of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. The facade is made to look like it is made of children’s toys and uses bright colors to accent both the exterior and interior. There is an indoor sky garden, waterfall, and cafeteria all enclosed in a 5,000 square foot glass box on the 11th floor.


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