Chicago, IL, August 5, 2015– The organizers of the Chicago Architecture Biennial today announced the winner of the BP Prize for the design and construction of a new beach concession kiosk along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The $85,000 prize is part of BP’s $2.5 million commitment as the presenting sponsor of the Biennial,which begins October3.
The competition is a key part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s continuing efforts to promote architecture as one of Chicago’s major cultural attractions. “The city of Chicago is the place where modern architecture was born—and this exhibition will help us build on our tradition by showcasing ideas that match our city’s ambition and aspiration,”said Mayor Emanuel. “Through this collection of projects, Chicago will continue leading the way when it comes to showing how cities can think in different ways to create, design, and build the great cities of tomorrow.”
Rhode Island–based design firm Ultramoderne will receive a $10,000 honorarium, and BP will contribute an additional $75,000 toward construction of the multipurpose structure on the Chicago lakefront.
“BP has a long history of contributing to the Chicago area,which is home to more than 2,000 of our employees,” said BP America Chairman and President John Mingé. “This award is another sign of that commitment, and we hope that it both honors and adds to the tradition of architecture that has made this city great.”
Titled “Chicago Horizon,” Ultramoderne’s design uses cross-laminated timber, a new carbon-negative engineered lumber product, to create an expansive canopy supported by a series of slender columns. When ultimately placed at its permanent location along Lake Michigan in the spring of 2016, the kiosk will house a food and beverage vendor, provide shelter, and create a new public space along the lakefront.
Aaron Forrest of Ultramoderne said, “We wanted to create a generous open space—a public interface that allows for the activities and ideas of the Biennial to spill into the public realm. We are incredibly excited to be a part of this inaugural event.”
Ultramoderne’s kiosk will be on display at Millennium Park during the Biennial.
“We were excited to see a team use the opportunity of the kiosk to create a generous public space that could facilitate programs and catalyze new activities on the lakefront,”said Sarah Herda, Co-Artistic Director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
The Lakefront Kiosk Competition received 421 submissions from more than 40 countries. Complementing the kiosk competition, the Biennial organizers have selected an international team of architects who will work with Chicago-based schools of architecture, including the Illinois Institute of Technology, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, to design three additional lakefront kiosks.
“Even modest contributions at the scale of these new kiosks can significantly enhance cultural life on the lakefront,”said Michael Kelly, General Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Park District. “The Chicago Park District is excited by the creativity and innovation this competition inspired, and cannot wait to see the fully realized design.”