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Chicago Kiosk

Project Description

The objective of the design is to enhance the Chicago Lakefront year round by performing a function regardless of the season. The kiosk will open and close with a dramatic folding action. Throughout the hot summer, the unfolded kiosk will provide shade for visitors to sit comfortably and enjoy whatever commercial function the kiosk might serve. In winter the kiosk will be folded closed to create a tall, sculptural form. This allows it to remain an iconic attraction through the colder weather, as its sculptural form will be illuminated from within transforming it into an attractive, marker within the lakefront landscape. It will become a way finding point that will help visitors to navigate through the park or along the waterfront at night. Thus the kiosk will be both a social gathering place when open and an intriguing piece of sculpture during winter.

-The raising of the idea of how a kiosk can open and close to give it architectural expression rather than simply being functionalist.

-The contrast between the kiosk’s simple base form and its elegant, complex, petals that provide enclosure and shading.

-Materials, focusing on the idea that they are combined in an innovative way. Perhaps suggest that the structure of the petals is glulam.

-The mechanism that allows the kiosk to open and close

-The Summertime function of providing shade and serving a commercial purpose.

-The Wintertime function of becoming an iconic, sculpture to provide a landmark within the park landscape. It would be light up to glow at night

-Explanation of how it could be transported

-Its cultural programme for during the Biennial. It could act as a marker beacon to direct visitors to the entrance of the exhibition

-How the kiosk addresses its location. It mediates between the different conditions of the city and shore. The tall spire of the closed kiosk appears like miniature skyscraper. Through this the kiosk provides an intermediate scale between the rigid verticality of Chicago’s towers and the extensive horizontality of Lake Michigan.

Chicago Park District

Time of Project         
Start 2015


Chicago Park District
Value of Project         

Project Tea
Craig Moller,  Ryan Mahon, Michelle Chang