The Chicago Horizon Pavilion by Studio Ultramoderne Opens on The Shores of Lake Michigan
The pavilion named Horizon, designed by architecture studio Ultramoderne, won the Chicago Lakefront Kiosk Competition as a part of inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennale. The structure is designed by Aaron Forrest and Yasmin Vobis in collaboration with structural engineer Brett Schneider. It is located in Millennium Park on Chicago’s waterfront, and it is made of the largest possible square timber ( 56 foot by 56 foot) that can be transported in one piece.
The pavillion, built by using cross-laminated timber (CLT), which is a durable engineered wood made of layers and layers of lumber glued together at right angles, is dominated by a 17m large roof structure supported by only 12 slender columns. The inspiration for the pavilion came from several buildings made by Modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his experiments with flatness, like in the S R Crown Hall located at the nearby Illinois Institute of Technology. The Chicago Horizon offers amazing views from the elevated viewing platform;. towards Lake Michigan and Chicago’s skyline of skyscrapers.