Our designs for a temporary pavilion, erected in Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of the Burnham Plan centennial celebrations in 2009, reflect Chicago’s long tradition for embracing cutting edge architecture.
The design merged new formal concepts, while also incorporating hidden traces of Burnham and Bennett’s organizational systems and architectural representations to produce a structure that was both complex but strikingly coherent.
The pavilion was composed of an intricate bent-aluminum frame, each element shaped and welded to create a unique curvilinear form. Outer and inner fabrics were wrapped tightly around the interior frame to create a distinctively fluid shape. The skins also served as screens for video-installations within the pavilion.
Viewed within the context of the wider Centennial celebrations, the pavilion’s design and construction undoubtedly invited and encouraged public discourse on the future of cities. Designed and built to maximize recycling and re-use of materials, it will be undoubtedly be used again in the future, either in Chicago or other locations.