5/22/2013

Chicago Navy Pier


Updated Renderings for phase-one of Chicago's 3,300 foot long Navy Pier were released by James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) and nArchitects alongside an announcement by the Chicago Mayor's office that confirmed the project will receive $55 million in public funding.


Highlighted features include the south-facing Wave Wall and grand stairway, inspired by the Spanish Steps in Rome, along with an interactive splash fountain-turned-winter ice skating rink at the beginning of a heavily vegetated promenade.  The Wave Wall will connect the pier dock to an upper level amusement park, providing a large south-facing social space with views of the lake and access to more than 500 linear feet of retail spaces below.


Other features include the slender glass Info Tower and a series of Lake Pavilions.  By combining boat ticket kiosks with undulating polished stainless steel canopies, the Lake Pavilions will provide shade and shelter along the pier, while reflecting the rippling water of Lake Michigan back onto the dock.  Construction is expected to start this fall and be completed in time for the pier's centennial in 2016.