Chicago lights its Zaha - Zaha enlightens Chicago?

    The Zaha Hadid pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park, commissioned to honor the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett's Plan of Chicago was lit for the first time tonight.

    Zaha Hadid pavilion Chicago Millennium Park Burnham centennial
    More fabric will cover the bones that remain exposed.

    Zaha Hadid pavilion Chicago Millennium Park Burnham centennial
    This pavilion was scheduled to open six weeks ago but construction difficulties delayed that. I've read reports that this pavilion and the one next to it by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

    Zaha Hadid pavilion Chicago Millennium Park Burnham centennial
    could now stay up past their scheduled closing date of October 31 but I'm told by city officials involved in the decision not to expect that, those reports are erroneous.

    If you wonder, as I do, how these little pavilions honor Daniel "Make no little plans" Burnham - well at least this one by Hadid will have video related to Burnham's ideas projected into its interior. See the two holes (unfinished) for the light beams?

    Zaha Hadid pavilion Chicago Millennium Park Burnham centennial
    Those involved also say, "Burnham gave the citizens a vision of the future, that's what we asked Zaha Hadid and Ben van Berkel to do."

    LED lights change our lives and our art. At the Olafur Eliasson exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art you'll find a circular space around which a fabric changes color thanks to LED's sandwiched in. The Ben van Berkel in Millennium Park changes colors, as does Zaha's pavilion.

    Ben van Berkel UNStudio pavilion Chicago Millennium Park Burnham centennial
    Blood red. Is yours stirred?
    "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood."
    -Daniel Burnham.


    Although both of spaces to "play" in reference the popularity of Anish Kapoor's Bean or "Cloud Gate" in Millenium Park, because it is "only" polished stainless steel, no lights, these new projects almost make it seem like a piece of classical sculpture. How quickly things move.

    At the Ben van Berkel pavilion, kids run and jump up the "scoops" to then slide down. No one planned for that, and it needs restoration already. The fabric stretched over the Zaha Hadid aluminum frame is bouncy and almost invites kids to throw themselves against it, like an upright trampoline. It's also going to be very hard to keep clean. A city official told me that when the Hadid opens Monday evening, guards will keep people from climbing on either pavilion.

    Zaha Hadid pavilion Chicago Millennium Park Burnham centennial
    Kudos to Fabric Images of Elgin for completing the Hadid pavilion, on the double. They took over only recently and had to even re-engineer much of the frame. Fabric Images is more familiar with stretching fabric over metal frames for, for example, booths for conventions.

    It'll take a day to take down the construction tent and then -

    The new scheduled opening date is Monday evening.

    The Hadid will also be washed with colored light from the outside.

    Let me know what you think of it when it opens. I, unfortunately, won't see it. I'll be on a plane to Shanghai.
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    More on the stages of the Hadid pavilion here.

    Visit the other "Burnham" pavilion with me - the one that did open on time - here.

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Aha! First look inside Zaha's pavilion in Chicago.

    The Making of the Zaha Hadid pavilion
    in Millennium Park, Chicago. July 28, 2009.
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    On this fine evening I went to Millennium Park. Inside a tent, through a plastic window, I saw

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion
    men working on what looked like an inter-galactic spaceship. 8 pm, 9 pm, even later. Why are they working so hard? Men welded a metal frame.

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion
    I peeked inside the tent and saw women fast at work sewing reams of material.

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion
    As they finished each piece of fabric it was carried over to the structure and stretched across the aluminum framework.

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion
    Each one carefully positioned with the right tension. Easy to see the seriousness and the urgency in their work.

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion
    Metal rods swirled around, swooping here, swirling there; the space inside this tent - a vortex.

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion


    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion

    I felt swallowed up like Jonah as the "bones" are still exposed, into a cavity, against skin the likes of which I had never seen.

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion

    Zaha's spaceship, for Chicago, now almost finished, weeks behind schedule.

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion

    Where will this time-traveling ship take those who enter?

    Zaha Hadid Chicago Millennium Park Burnham Pavilion



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    More on the stages of the Hadid pavilion here.

    Visit the other "Burnham" pavilion with me - the one that did open on time - here.

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Classic modern, well-lit

The white light of Renzo Piano's Modern Wing in Chicago

    Renzo Piano Modern Wing Art Institute Chicago Nichols Bridgeway at night

    I love the Modern Wing, even at night. Veiled in white light, like a bride, she lightens and softens the area around her; no mean trick in what used to be a dark, heavy, masculine, gritty city.

    And this bride of a building offers us another lesson too. You see that orange-ish light along the busway in the photo? (The busway takes conventioneers from downtown hotels to McCormick Place convention center.) Like most parts of American cities, it's lit by sodium vapor lamps. Those were installed throughout the land starting in the 1970's because they reduced energy costs. But that orange-yellow cast in our cities at night is awful. Only Toulouse-Lautrec or James Ensor might find it pleasurable. It's an unnatural color for light and it's mildly agitating - no good for cities in need of calm.

    Night light like snow, should be white not yellow. And it probably will be soon. Within just a few years most street lighting will be done by LEDs. They're coming down in price, they're energy efficient, and their long life reduces maintenance costs. They're also becoming more truly white.

    I look forward to this. Everything will look better at night, though still not everything will look as nice as the Modern Wing. Maybe some day.Source URL: http://ecleticsergio.blogspot.com/2009/07/
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Inside Studio Gang's Aqua Tower in Chicago

    Aqua Tower Chicago Studio Jeanne Gang


    Jeanne Studio Gang Aqua Tower Chicago

    Separate lobbies for renters, the hoped-for hotel, and here's the lobby for condo owners:


    Jeanne Studio Gang Aqua Tower Chicago

    And then, the payoff. The building's "big move."


    Jeanne Studio Gang Aqua Tower Chicago

    With many variations on the theme.


    Jeanne Studio Gang Aqua Tower Chicago

    This one especially

    Jeanne Studio Gang Aqua Tower Chicago

    reminds me of a view from Bertrand Goldberg's great Marina City, also in Chicago.


    Jeanne Studio Gang Aqua Tower Chicago
    Here's the view of the number one amenity in Lakeshore East, the park.


    Park Lakeshore East Jeanne Studio Gang Aqua Tower Chicago

    Chicago, that once straight city. Reaching up, as ever, in new ways.




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"Funhousing" with Ben van Berkel

Melting Mies means more modern?

White (White Curve) at night


    Ellsworth Kelly - White Curve (2009)
    The Margot and Thomas Pritzker Garden
    Modern Wing by Renzo Piano
    Landscape design by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Ltd
    Art Institute of Chicago

    More on this here.

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Farnsworth House safety evacuation card

    Remember this scene last fall at the flooded Farnsworth House?

    Farnsworth House flood Mies


    NOW, if you're in the Farnsworth House - and get hit by a flood-
    Follow these safety steps:

    Panels in the center cabinet pop out
    and become inflatable life rafts.

    Farnsworth House Mies flood

    By Andrew Liebchen,
    (tongue firmly in cheek.)

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Zaha's Pavilion

    Zaha Hadid Burnham pavilion Millennium Park Chicago
    Fabric begins to go up on Zaha Hadid's temporary pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park. Story of the delay here and here.

    When finished it's supposed to look like this:



    A million bucks for this and the neighboring temporary pavilion in Millennium Park by Ben van Berkel?

    Update! By Wednesday evening, a little more had gone up:




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    More on the stages of the Hadid pavilion here.

    Visit the other "Burnham" pavilion with me - the one that did open on time - here.
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