Chicago Architectural Biennial

Chicago Horizon

by John Hill
On 10 Oct 2015
Ultramoderne, "Chicago Horizon" (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)

Chicago Horizon, the winning design in the international competition for one of four kiosks planned as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, has been built near the Museum Campus, where it will remain after the Biennial ends.

Ultramoderne, a collaboration between architects Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest with structural engineer Brett Schneider, won the competition in August, beating out 420 other competitors. The $75,000 pavilion is simply a thin cross-laminated timber roof supported by wood columns. A small vending kiosk sits below the roof, while a stair pierces it to give people a slightly elevated view over the pavilion to the downtown skyline.

In it simplicity, Chicago Horizon recalls the small buildings of Mies van der Rohe, such as the Farnsworth House. Its location also recalls the Charles and Ray Eames film Powers of Ten, which takes place on a patch of grass along the Chicago lakefront.

The other three kiosks being built as part of the Biennial were designed by local architecture schools and will be moved to their lakefront spots after the completion of the three-month-long exhibition.

Ultramoderne, "Chicago Horizon" (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
Ultramoderne, "Chicago Horizon" (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
Ultramoderne, "Chicago Horizon" (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
Ultramoderne, "Chicago Horizon" (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)

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