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Wednesday30 July 2014

Zaha Hadid and Ben Van Berkel unveil new pavilions for Chicago's Millennium Park

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Zaha Hadid and UNStudio’s Ben Van Berkel have designed two new pavilions for Chicago’s Millennium nPark to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Burnham Plan.

The pavilions are set to be installed in the park in June this year and will be open to the public until October.

Daniel Burnham created the 1909 masterplan for Chicago, which resulted in the creation of a number of the city’s most prominent public streets and parks.

The pavilions were commissioned to celebrate Burnham’s ideas of circulation, open space and quality of life as essential to successful urban planning. They also had to be environmentally responsible and recyclable.

“Our design will echo Chicago’s cutting edge cultural and architectural landscape,” said Hadid.

“The structure will trigger the visitor’s intellectual curiosity while an intensification of public life around and within the pavilion supports the idea of public discourse.

New formal concepts will meet the memory of bold historic urban planning.

“Superimpositions of spatial structures with hidden traces of Burnham’s organizational systems and architectural representations create unexpected results. By using methods of overlaying, complexity is built up and inscribed in the structure.”

Millennium Park is rapidly becoming known for architectural statements, including the Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge by Frank Gehry and a neighbouring Renzo Piano designed building for the Art Institute of Chicago.

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