The Night Ministry, Illinois Community Building for young people, USA Architecture and Interior Photos

The Night Ministry in Chicago

May 28, 2021

The Night Ministry

Design: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Night Ministry Chicago

Designed for refuge and recovery, The Night Ministry’s new home provides an oasis for security, independence, and safety for young adults facing adversity.

The Night Ministry Chicago

The new headquarters is located in the “Mural Building” – a prominent manufacturing building known for its large murals that cover the North, East, and South Elevations along a busy Chicago expressway.

The Night Ministry Chicago

Three floors of the heavy-timber building are renovated to include “The Crib” – an overnight shelter for young adults ages 18-24, a serving kitchen and dining space, administrative offices, meeting rooms, and multi-purpose programming space for social services, job assistance, and social activities.

The Night Ministry Chicago

Located on the north side of the building, a former loading dock with a large awning above is transformed into an accessible entrance, sheltered and protected from the busy street.

The Night Ministry Chicago

Here and throughout, glass doors and windows are used as critical elements to build trust,allowing guests to glimpse inside before entering, and further alleviating those feelings of stress and helplessness that may be endemic to their situations.

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Chicago Community Building for young people

Inside The Crib, which operates on the first floor, corridor space is reduced to increase openness, visibility, and monitoring, thus promoting feelings of emotional and physical safety. Meeting rooms and private offices face the street and park, filtering natural light through interior clerestory windows into the central multipurpose/dining room.

The Night Ministry Chicago by Wheeler Kearns Architects

Quieter spaces, such as the sleeping room, showers, and restrooms, are positioned near the back to maximize privacy. A small glass-enclosed workspace is designed for a staff member to easily monitor both the sleeping hall and dining area in a non-intrusive way.

The Night Ministry Chicago by Wheeler Kearns Architects

The second and third floors are the new administrative headquarters for The Night Ministry, where employees work together in open offices connected by a new central communicating stair. For the first time since its founding, all Night Ministry employees and volunteers can operate and meet under one roof, significantly improving organizational culture, connection, and quality of their services.

Illinois Community Building for young people

Off-site teams such as the health outreach and street medicine teams now have space to touch-down and connect with other staff. Support spaces are designed to provide varying levels of privacy and gathering, including individual phone booths, small meeting rooms, workrooms and a large conference room that can hold all-staff and full board meetings.

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The Night Ministry in Chicago, Illinois – Building Information:

Design: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Project location: 1735 North Ashland, Chicago, IL
Project type: Non-profit
Client: The Night Ministry
Completion date: 2020
Project size: 21,000 sf

The Night Ministry Chicago

Credits
Design Team: Larry Kearns, Joy Meek & Erica Ulin
Photography: Kendall McCaugherty, Hall + Merrick Photographers
General Contractor: Bulley & Andrews
Structural Engineer: GRAEF
M/P Engineer: Martin Petersen Company, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Nesko Electric Company
Landscape Architect: McKay Landscape Architects

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Location: Chicago, IL, United States

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