hyuntek yoon's hugging kiosk proposal for chicago architecture biennial hyuntek yoon's hugging kiosk proposal for chicago architecture biennial
jul 25, 2015

hyuntek yoon's hugging kiosk proposal for chicago architecture biennial

hyuntek yoon’s hugging kiosk proposal for chicago architecture biennial
all visuals courtesy of nooyoon




the ‘hugging’ kiosk is a sculptural competition entry for the 2015 chicago architecture biennial. designed by architect hyuntek yoon from nooyoon, the steel and perforated aluminum construction is shaped by its function; that is as a sculpture, as a small venue for artistic events and seating, as a commercial/service space, and during the cold months, as a heated pavilion and shelter.

installed at the beach  




nooyoon decided on the name based on the kiosk’s shape and intent. bent towards the water, at the southern end of lake michigan, the curved form mimics the contours. also, in its small recess, people can gather and talk while being comfortably ‘hugged’ by the structure. its final reason has a more practical value, by turning the shape yoon was able to drastically reduce the length people need to walk with say, food, from the service window to the seating area.

hyuntek yoon hugging kiosk proposal chicago architecture biennial designboom




‘hugging’ is easily transportable by truck. the kiosk is preassembled in three parts: the main service volume, a landing, and a stair. the lake front location of millennium park is frequented by runners, bikers, sunbathers, and tourists. yoon sees the design not only as a commercial area, but also a place to share precious summer moments. whether a store, look-out point, or gathering place, ‘hugging’ hugs the space where people enjoy the sunshine and (sort-of) gentle winds of chicago

‘hugging’ at night, service window closed  

top view 

hyuntek yoon hugging kiosk proposal chicago architecture biennial designboom



the ‘hugging’ kiosk can be broken down and transported in three parts 

seating on the structure 

hyuntek yoon hugging kiosk proposal chicago architecture biennial designboom
model, window service



project info:


purpose: competition entry
designer: hyuntek yoon (nooyoon)
program: kiosk
location: chicago, illinois, USA
year: march, 2015



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

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