Tiny Giants Early Childhood Education Center
Irivng Park, Chicago, Illinois
Size: 54,500 sf
Status: Design Development
Category: Mixed Use, Residential, Office, Education
Services: Architecture, Interiors
Jason Nuttelman, Kai Liu, Jose C. Garcia, Karel Venegas-Cabrera, Eunice Slanwa
Tiny Giants Learning Center is a family owned company, established in 2014, with a passion for providing quality childcare and an environment for children and teachers to thrive and grow. Tiny Giants has grown to several locations across the north side of Chicago. With this growth has come an additional development opportunity to establish another Tiny Giants location. Tiny Giants has acquired a large site at 2801 West Montrose Avenue in the Irving Park neighborhood. The site sits at a significant intersection and directly across the street from Horner Park.
The proposed plan for the project will be developed as-of-right, with no zoning change or affordable housing required. The existing 24,563 sq ft site will allow up to 54,039 sq ft of building to be constructed, up to four stories tall and will include a 10,000 sq ft Tiny Giants Early Childhood Education Center that anchors the development.
View from across the street on Montrose Ave
Tiny Giants Headquarters and Office space is planned for the second floor and large residential units will be considered on the third and fourth floors to maximize the site’s development opportunities, along with the necessary parking to support the building’s function.
The use of color is very important when designing the day care classrooms. The colored areas in each classroom highlight the “support” spaces that are required, depending on the age group of children. The different shaped windows allow children to get different perspectives of the outdoor world, by providing the oppurtunity for them to sit or play in the lower window sills, as well as allowing light to enter the space at all angles.
The Indoor Play area is a crucial part of the Tiny Giants space. This area allows children to not only interact with each other, but to also interact the walls and floors and use it all to their advantage.
View from Horner Park
View of Residential Entrance