Tuesday, August 02, 2005

EHDD's L'Italien returns West

Marc L'Italien has closed the EHDD Architecture (Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis) Chicago office and headed back to the mother ship in San Francisco.

L'Italien was the architect behind the Factor 10 House built last year in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood, a prototype of sustainable design that was one named one of 2004's Top Ten Green Projects by the American Institute of Architects.

The latest EHHD design in Chicago, the Pritzker Family Children's Zoo, at the city's historic (and free) Lincoln Park Zoo, opened just last month. "It's a North American habitat featuring black bears, red wolves, river otters and beavers," says L'Italien. "It's unique in that it is the fusion of zoo, aquarium and children's museum in one project. The hallmark feature is a tall climbing structure inside the exhibit pavilion. We created an instant forest."

"My plan is to remain involved in projects in the Midwest," says L'Italien."

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