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GEMS World Academy Chicago, part of a rapidly expanding international chain of private schools founded in Dubai in 1959. Designed by bKL architecture, the 82,000 square-foot structure due to open this September, a year later than originally projected, is known as the Lower School, either because its shorter than the second stage building to be constructed on East Wacker, or because it will serve students from Kindergarten through 4th grade.
The exterior is a combination of translucent and clear vision glass set flush within metal panel spandrels and mullions. What sets it all apart is a crazy-quilt intrusion of colorful mullions in red, yellow, turquoise and robin's egg blue.
|Color contemplates color at Lake Shore East.
Where Chicago Public Schools deign not tread: GEMS descend on Lakeshore East