New Sawyer Elementary School
Client/Owner: Chicago Public Schools
Architect: Loebl, Schlossman and Hackl, Inc.
General Contractor: *
McKay Landscape Architects created an exciting and playful metaphor to reiterate a sense of fun in learning. The space between the trees and shrubs planted in grates on the sidewalk decreases the closer to the school’s front door, likening the plant forms to eager students, crowding each other to get inside. The grates turn and the trees and shrubs cross the sidewalk, mingling with the real-life students making their way to class. A low curving seat wall mimics this playfulness and echoes the message: School is fun!