zaha hadid architects: burnham pavilion, chicago
aug 24, 2009
zaha hadid architects: burnham pavilion, chicago


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin


zaha hadid architects
‘ burnham pavilion recently opened in millennium park, chicago as part of the burnham plan centennial celebrations. the pavilion is composed of an intricate curved aluminium structure, with fabric skins tightly zipped around the metal frame to create the curvilinear shape. the interior skin also serves as the screen for a video installation by thomas gray that explores chicago’s past and future.


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin

text from zaha hadid architects:

the burnham pavilion by zaha hadid architects triggers the visitors’
curiosity and encourages them to consider the future of chicago. the
design merges new formal concepts with the memory of burnham’s bold,
historic urban planning. superimpositions of spatial structures with
hidden traces of burnham’s plan are overlaid and inscribed within the
structure to create unexpected results.


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin

‘the burnham plan centennial is all about celebrating the bold plans
and big dreams of daniel burnham’s visionary plan of chicago. it’s
about reinvention and improvement on an urban scale and about welcoming
the future with innovative ideas and technologies. our design continues
chicago’s renowned tradition of cutting edge architecture and
engineering, at the scale of a temporary pavilion, whilst referencing
the organizational systems of burnham’s plan.’


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin

‘the structure is aligned with a diagonal in burnham’s early 20th
century plan of chicago. we then overlay fabric using contemporary 21st
century techniques to generate the fluid, organic form – while the
structure is always articulated through the tensioned fabric as a
reminder of burnham’s original ideas.’


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin

‘fabric is both a traditional and a high-tech material whose form is
directly related to the forces applied to it – creating beautiful
geometries that are never arbitrary. I find this very exciting.’ – zaha
hadid.


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin


(rendering) image courtesy of zaha hadid architects
image by methanoia studio


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © michelle litvin


(rendering) image courtesy of zaha hadid architects
image by methanoia studio


image courtesy of zaha hadid architects






all drawings courtesy of zaha hadid architects / © zaha hadid architects

designed and built for re-use after its role in milennium park, the
pavilion can be re-installed at other sites. the burnham pavilions will
be open and free to the public in millennium park through october 31,
2009. further information and details of the burnham plan centennial can be found here.

project credits
program: temporary pavilion to house multimedia installation
client: burnham plan centennial
architect: zaha hadid architects
local architect: thomas roszak
structural engineers: rockey structures
fabricator: fabric images
lighting & electrical: tracey dear
multimedia content: the gray circle

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