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* Architecture: Chicago Navy Pier Proposal by BIG Architects (Bjarke Ingels) + AECOM

Posted by the editors on Friday, 24 February 2012

Architecture: Chicago Navy Pier Proposal by BIG Architects (Bjarke Ingels) + AECOM: “..considered to be one of the great living legacies of american architect and urban planner daniel burnham’s plan of chicago, the site’s grand public waterfront location lacks a physical and visual connection back to the city. the team of BIG and AECOM suggest to extend the existing pier upwards by elevating public life onto the rooftops of the structures, while restoring uninterrupted views of the windy city’s famous skyline. in addition, their proposal imagines a second destination within the pier at the east end park, where they envision the pier to take visitors both over and into the water..”  Oddly retro-neo-classical despite a few contemporary touches..

See our other posts on proposals for Chicago’s Navy Pier: Urban Design: PIERSCAPE by James Corner Field Operations, and  Urban Design: Great Pier by !melk + UrbanLab + HOK

image + article: Designboom

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6 Responses to “* Architecture: Chicago Navy Pier Proposal by BIG Architects (Bjarke Ingels) + AECOM”

  1. The Other Donald said

    Not sure why nobody wants to post a comment here so let me be the first. This appears to be a complete overexpendature of city funds for a platform rising up to the sky at the end of the Pier, whereby all who walk the pier along the south side now have only one focus as one walks out to the end. Most times it will be an empty tiered rise on the horizon that blocks off the view corridor, stopping it from what the pier is meant to be – a reaching out into the waters and seeing activity there.

    The idea of lowering down to the water on the opposite end simply to balance the rising side also makes no sense as the waters out at the end of the pier will be choppy many times, sloshing over the topside, making this mostly unusable and unsafe for any to enjoy, again a waste of city funding this. Its obvious to me this designer didn’t study the pierscape’s context any further than an RFP handout given to the team and doesn’t completely understand how Navy Pier is used and its surrounds.

    • the editors said

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. To our eyes, limited as our vision may be, there are a number of, shall we say, questionable design choices inherent in this proposal. -The Editors

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