Burnham Pavilion / Zaha Hadid Architects
Project Name: Burnham Pavilion
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Chicago, United States
Floor Area: 120 square meter
Site Area: 500 square meter
Footprint: 300 square meter
Project Year: 2009
Local Architect: The Gray Circle
Structure Engineers: Rockey Structures
Project Architect: Jens Borstelmann, Thomas Vietzke
Project Team: Teoman Ayas, Evan Eriebacher
Fabricator: Fabric Images
Lighting / Electrical: Tracey Dear
Sound Installation: Experimental Sound Studio
Client: Burnham Plan Centennial
Photographs: Michelle Litvin, Roland Halbe, Thomas Gray
A temporary pavilion designed and erected in Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of the Burnham Plan celebrations – reflecting the Chicago’s long tradition for embracing cutting edge architecture in an intricate but fluid structure that incorporates hidden traces of Burnham and Bennett’s original 1909 plans to redevelop the city.
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-aluminium 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.
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