Chicago Horizon is the winner of the BP Prize in the Lakefront Kiosk Competition for the inaugural edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
The pivotal event aims to internationally promote a discussion about the future of architecture and urbanism, all while maintaining a strong link with the hosting city. With Chicago as the protagonist of the competition, submissions intended to capture its essence through the design of new kiosks for the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
New York-based architecture studio Ultramoderne presented a project focused primarily on the public role of the space, serving both visitors and local residents. Far from being an elitist symbol, it expresses a desire to open to the public, letting people experience the 56 foot wide rooftop. Underneath this artificial horizon line, two simple volumes – a viewing platform and a vending kiosk – are surrounded by fin columns oriented to look either inwards to the centre of the pavilion as well as outwards towards the lake's distant horizon.
Ultramoderne conceived a lighting installation to attract visitors to the structure which will offer food and recreational services during the summer months.
The Chicago Architecture Biennial opens 3 October 2015 and runs until 3 January 2016.
Photos courtesy of Ultramoderne