Chicago | BP Prize winning design for lakefront kiosk by Ultramoderne

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Rhode Island-based firm Ultramoderne is the winner of the BP Prize for the design of a new multipurpose kiosk to be installed on the Lake Michigan waterfront in Chicago.
Presented in December 2014 by the city’s mayor, by CAB – Chicago Architecture Biennial, and by Chicago Park District, the design competition is one of the key-events of the 2015 edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, opening on 3 October, as well as a further step in the process of making contemporary architecture a cornerstone of the city’s cultural strategy.
The international competition brief required a proposal for a new micro-architecture to be built on the Lake Michigan shoreline, one of the most popular public spaces in Chicago.

The winning entry by Ultramoderne, entitled “Chicago Horizon”, is composed of a large flat canopy realized with an innovative cross-laminated timber, supported by a set of thin rectangular columns. When completed, the kiosk, where food and drinks will be served to customers, will provide a new public space on Chicago waterfront.

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Team Ultramoderne is a collaboration between architects Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest and structural engineer Brett Schneider. Based in Providence, RI, and closely connected with the Rhode Island School of Design, the Ultramoderne team members bring together an extensive range of experience in architecture, design, and engineering at a broad range of scales.

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Above and cover image: “Chicago Horizon” the winning design for lakefront kiosk by Ultramoderne.

Ultramoderne’s winning design will be on view at the Millenium Park during the CAB  – Chicago Architecture Biennale, running from 3 October 2015 through 3 January 2016.

Along with the BP Prize winner, the jury of the competition, which examined 421 entries from 40 countries, selected a team of international architects that will collaborate with architecture schools in Chicago, including the Illinois Institute of Technology,  the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, for the design of three additional kiosks, also to be built on the city lakefront.

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Above: the design for lakefront kiosk by Lekker Architects.

Chicago Architecture Biennial selected three finalist teams which designs will be further developed. They are  Lekker Architects (Ong Ker-Shing from Singapore and Joshua Comaroff from Chicago), TRU Architekten (Tim Bauerfeind, Dirk Bertuleit, Anno Lingens, Karsten Ruf, Sandra Töpfer, e Henning von Wedemeyer, based in Germany), and Kelley, Palider, Paros (composed by Thomas Kelley, Ryan Palider, and Chuck Paros, from Chicago).

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Above: the design for lakefront kiosk by TRU Architekten.

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 Above: the design for lakefront kiosk by Kelley, Palider, Paros.

Winner and finalists have been selected by a jury composed by architects David Adjaye
(Adjaye Architects, London), Sharon Johnston (Johnston Marklee, Los Angeles); by the Chicago Architecture Biennial Directors Joseph Grima (University of Genoa, and former Domus Magazine and Storefront for Art and Architecture Director) and Sarah Herda (Director of the Graham Foundation – Chicago); by Michael O’Brien (Retail Design Director at BP); and by Rob Rejman (Chicago Park District Director of Planning and Construction).

All images courtesy of CAB – Chicago Architecture Biennial

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