Wentworth Commons is a 51-unit, 65,800 sf affordable housing complex in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. As a home for at-risk and formerly homeless families and individuals, Wentworth Commons has been recognized for its trendy aesthetics and functional green design. The $13 million project has a slew of green features, including a 33 kWh PV system that provides 25% of the building’s power, a hyper efficient mechanical system, extensive use of locally sourced materials and rapidly renewable materials, and native plantings and bio-swale to reduce storm water runoff.
I really like two aspects of the design. First, I love how visual and ostentatious the solar panels are. Zoning laws in various places force solar panels out of sight, but there’s comfort in seeing solar panels — a feeling that people care about the environment and are willing to spend money to use less coal. Second, I love the jogged facade and use of various colors to add detail to the building. Interestingly, the masonry exterior of Wentworth Commons is both graffiti resistant and made with post-consumer recycled content.
Wentworth Commons is a great example of the growing movement to provide green living for those in need. Read more about Wentworth Commons in the articles below.
- Chicago Housing Complex Wins Green Design Award [AIA]
- ‘Green’ Revolution Comes to Inner City [Chicago Tribune]
- Wentworth Commons Case Study [DA]
- Green Housing: Wentworth Commons [Re-Nest]