Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015. With Chicago Horizon, Team Ultramoderne and Rhode Island School of Design won an international competion to create a panoramic kiosk. The wall-less project features a large flat rooftop overlooking Lake Michigan shoreline. The contest open to international architects with local architecture schools was launched by Chicago Architecture Biennial, the City of Chicago, BP and Chicago Park District.
Chicago Horizon project uses cross-laminated timber, a new carbon-negative engineered lumber product, to create an expansive canopy supported by a series of slender columns. The kiosk will house a food and beverage vendor, provide shelter and create a new public space along the lakefront.
Aaron Forrest of Ultramoderne said, “We wanted to create a generous open space—a public interface that allows for the activities and ideas of the Biennial to spill into the public realm”. Ultramoderne is Based in Providence, Rhode Island, and it is closely connected with the Rhode Island School of Design.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said to Archipanic: “The City of Chicago is the place where modern architecture was born. Our architecture biennial exhibition will help us build on our tradition by showcasing ideas that match our city’s ambition and aspiration. Through this collection of projects, Chicago will continue leading the way when it comes to showing how cities can think in different ways to create, design and build the great cities of tomorrow”.
The Chicago Architecture Biennial commissioned also three additional kiosks that will be created by an international selection of architects working in collaboration with Chicago-based schools of architecture.
THE CENT PAVILION by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen with students of the Illinois Institute of Technology is an opaque monolith forty-foot high repeating the same angled design over. When its commercial function ceases at the summer’s end, the kiosk will complement the verticality of Chicago’s iconic skyline year-round.
Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago designed ROCK pop-up kiosk. The Pavilion is conceived as a magnet for social and cultural life and it is composed from the raw and historic limestone blocks that once protected the city’s shoreline. ROCK can be uniquely assembled each time to suit different locations, vendors and uses along the lakefront by providing shelter while contributing to the shoreline protection.
SUMMER VAULT geometric kiosk by Paul Andersen of Independent Architecture and Paul Preissner is composed of a 12-foot diameter barrel vault, a parallelogram, triangles combined to create a curious, freestanding hangout within the park. The project was developed and conceived in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial takes is focused on The State of the Art of Architecture. Both emerging and established practices from across the world fly to Chicago to demonstrate how groundbreaking advances in architecture are tackling the most pressing issues of today.