A Partial Opening For Burnham Pavilions
In April 2009, London-based Zaha Hadid and Amsterdam-based Ben van Berkel of UNStudio have designed architectural exhibits to be installed in Millennium Park this summer to honor the forward-looking spirit of the Plan of Chicago. They emphasize the importance of boldly imagining a better future for all, as Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett did in 1909 by making bold plans and big dreams in their Plan of Chicago.
The two pavilions are the centerpiece of this year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Plan of Chicago, also called the Burnham Plan after its main author, Daniel Burnham.Now, two pavilions designed to mark the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham’s Chicago Plan were to open today in Chicago’s Millennium Park. But due to construction delays, the Hadid pavilion did not open as planned and is weeks away from completion. While the delay represents a setback for the planners of the Centennial celebration, the unveiling of the partially completed structure did not disappoint.
The Zaha Hadid pavilion’s curvilinear formal geometries engage state-of-the-art fabric technologies; Hadid’s complex structure will use tightly fitted fabric to encase the metal skeleton and feature rooftop slits.
The UNStudio‘s floating roof offers surprising views of the Chicago skyline. Both are intended to echo the audacity of the Burnham and Bennett Plan, which proclaimed, ‘What we as a people decide to do in the public interest we can and surely will bring to pass.’
The UNStudio pavilion will be built of steel donated by Chicago-based ArcelorMittal, and subsequently de-constructed and recycled. The Zaha Hadid pavilion is a tent-like structure, and can be deconstructed and re-installed at another location following the Centennial. It is made of aluminum, donated by Marmon/Keystone Industries, a member of the Marmon Group of Companies, and a tensile fabric..
‘We make a canopy with a quality of being more than a canopy,’ Van Berkel
Exhibit panels adjacent to the pavilions will be designed to inspire visitors to engage with the Burnham Plan Centennial and opportunities to shape the future of Metropolitan Chicago.
Both pavilions are set to close in October but organizers are considering extending their run through mid November and possibly displaying the Hadid pavilion at another site next summer.
For further information about the pavilions visit: www.burnhamplan100.uchicago.edu.