Runner-Up for the BP Prize for the design and construction of a new beach concession kiosk along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
If you look closely at function, the existing kiosks along Chicago’s lakefront efficiently meet the needs of the various vendors that supply goods and services to millions of visitors each year. All summer long these modest huts are alive with energy, but for nine months of the year these once-active spaces are shuttered to form a ghost town: a constant reminder that the magic of summer in Chicago has disappeared. Our proposal for a new kiosk does not seek to reinvent the type. It functions with the same ease and efficiency as do the existing kiosks, but it does so while providing alternative readings to what constitutes a spectacular year-long interaction. A veil dangles, casting its shadows on the ground beneath. The kiosk invites the casual passersby to join in its dance. Overall, the structure is more than just a place of commerce; it is a shy icon that tempts its audience to stare into and beyond.