Sankofa House

Chicago, Illinois

Interfaith Housing Development Corp.


  • Sankofa House is a newly constructed residential facility providing affordable and sustainable housing for two at-risk populations in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood: kinship families and young adults aging out of foster care.
  • The brick and precast planks used in the building’s structure are materials that were extracted and manufactured locally. This is a pilot project that earned the top-tier, three-star certification through the Department of Housing’s Green Residential
  • At the intersection of the building’s wings is a light core that extends vertically and is composed of shared living rooms creating inviting spaces and a sense of community.
  • Vegetative roof gardens and white roofs reduce the urban heat island effect.
  • To create a sense of community where residents work together, becoming each other’s supportive network, various open, social areas were incorporated into the facility’s design.
  • A combination of two-, three-, and four-bedroom units for the kinship families with one and two-bedroom "starter” apartments for the young adults were designed for Sankofa House.

people involved in this project:

Susan F. King

Housing & Education Design Studio