SES’s diverse program required a thorough analysis prior to the design investigation. To fully comprehend the complexities of this project, JGMA identified the program as three component parts of a whole. These major programmatic elements were the Teaching Institution, Sports Medical Clinic, and the Athletic Center + Research facility.
JGMA’s vision for SES is to create a complex which is based on connectivity; an idea that stems from a multifaceted program which has many components that are interdependent. To unify these diverse program, the programmatic elements are physically connected through a single path that meanders throughout the site, poking throughout the building, creating indoor and outdoor connection. This connectivity of many pieces stretching across the project site and interweaving to become a functioning whole, could be likened to the way muscles fibers work together in the human body.
JGMA’s interiors for the United Neighborhood Organization’s (UNO) new elementary school in Chicago are designed to encourage activity between indoor and outdoor spaces. The classrooms and corridors all have spectacular views of the city and surrounding neighborhood. In addition to the soccer field located in the courtyard, the soccer academy concept is carried into the interior. Throughout the facility various classrooms are categorized in relation to previous and future world cup host countries with graphics and flag colors. Along the corridor walls are a series of inspirational and educational graphics which link culture, geography, and history to soccer, which is a staple in the Latino community.