zaha hadid architects: burnham pavilion, chicago 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

  • Yes Zaha, you stretch your graphic muscles. We get it.

    JCash says:
  • The building behind Zaha’s pavillion seems more interesting!

    Toufic H. says:
  • For UN studio!!!I just found out!!

    Toufic H. says:
  • *yawn*

    oliver says:
  • Keeping up with the career and projects of Zaha Hadid is a full-time job.

    Fuel says:
  • captivating

    Greg 2 says:
  • A pavilion is a great vehicle for architectural manifestos and the high visibility of these two privately funded pavilions will help direct the public’s attention to the many exhibits and events to be organized until october. Both pavilions were designed and built to be deconstructed and their materials can be re-used. Chicago made a good choice.

    Milly says:
  • Very interesting design. [url=]Chicago[/url] has some of the most interesting art in the Millennium park

    Ryan says:
  • i am not interesting anymore zaha’s work..

    forster says:
  • nice share, great article, very usefull for us…thank you

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    rusli says:
  • CRAZY THING!!!Zaha rules.

    kety says:
  • This reminds me of another pavilion I came across:

    Edward D. says:
  • I agree with Edward, it is quite like it and remembered seeing this on D boom a few months a go.

    Pablo says:
  • The truth is I made something like that… in my first year in Uni…. I think any first year architecture student made/thought/offered that for a pavilion/cultural center/private house (circle the right one) can sue her 🙂

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    smallfish says:
  • is it constructed already or still a conceptual proposal?

    Naina says:

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