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Robin Randall

Orland Park Village Center

"Character of Community"

Architect: Perkins + Will
Project Designer: Robin Randall
Photography: Hedrich Blessing
Client: Village of Orland Park
Completed in 1989
Science of Learning:
A gracefully casual civic showplace that straddles a lagoon provides an environment for learners to explore design excellence. Consistently articulated with white metal colonnades and metal fascias, red brick banded layered walls, this architectural landmark campus is composed of three buildings; the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, the Franklin E. Loebe Recreational Center, and the Orland Park Civic Center.

Language of Nature:
An arcade-style covered walkway connects the three buildings and provides access to the Village’s outdoor amphitheater, an acoustically perfect coliseum type structure in the middle of the Village Center. The retention pond lagoon reflects the individual building symmetries and asymmetrical planning of the entire campus. Floor patterns extend into the paving materials and landscaping patterns accentuate the architecture.

Art of Innovation:
The structures strongly reflect the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School of Architecture as well as the ideas of Dutch architect, Willem Marinus Dudok. The design unifies soft, curving lines and contrasting angular ones to create a memorable visual impact. The architecture has a nonpolitical character with no imposing classical ornamentation typical of historically referenced municipal buildings.

Perkins + Will Awards:
  • 1990 Certificate of Merit, Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects