Aedas + martha schwartz partners: chicago navy pier proposal
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mar 21, 2012
Aedas + martha schwartz partners: chicago navy pier proposal

‘pierescape’ by Aedas, chicago, illinois
all images courtesy navy pier vision




‘pierescape’ is one of the shortlisted proposals for the navy pier competition by new york-based davis brody bond, international practice Aedas, and boston-based landscape architecture practice martha schwartz partners in collaboration with chicago-based halcrow yolles, marshall brown projects and solomon cordwelll buenze. the masterplan introduces an expanded network of public landscapes for the people of chicago, supporting the city’s mantra that the lakefront is and will be ‘forever open, free and clear’.


contributing to the centennial vision, the design maintains daniel burnham’s original creations while unifying the public spaces to increase interaction between the scattered existing buildings, intermediary spaces and urban context. once viewed as a tourist destination, the landmark will be returned to everyday life with the gateway plaza, ‘scoop’ wetland park, south dock porch, smaller boat piers, floating parks and pool zones.

aerial view of ferris wheel in pier park




four new boat docks with ticketing pavilions will host the entertainment and sightseeing lines. three zones of floating parks upon an angled arrangement of ramps and pathways will contain an array of seasonal activities, including areas for performance, play and quiet rest. areas for heated shelter will welcome visitors during the cold months. the undulating surfaces are ideal for skateboarders in summer and snowboarding in winter weather.

pier park

pier park

floating park

floating park

eastern park

park during winter

arcade at night

gondola floating over the chicago river

aerial view of the pier from the lake

aerial view of pier


site plan

site plan

gateway plaza site plan

pier park site plan

floating park site plan

diagram of gateway plaza

diagram of floating park

diagram of east edge park

pier structure
1. lower floatation device
2. guide piles
3. upper floatation device
4. horizontal bracing and struts
5. reinforced concrete columns
6. galvanized steel frame
7. pinned connection joints
8. expansion joint

masterplan sketch

sectional sketch

video courtesy of navy pier

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