Chicago Lakeshore Kiosk
The lakefront shore has been called the second cleanest urban waterfront in the world and opens as public recreational area. Chicago’s use and design of its lakefront property provide to all city dwellers and visitors great opportunities to enjoy their leisure time.
A kiosk is a small open-fronted structure used for the sale of food or retail goods. The basic function of the kiosk is to offer food, retail, and recreational services during the summer(May-August). However, also it is required to come up with an idea about how the design performs when its retail function is inactive (September-April). For the summer time the kiosk should flexibly accommodate a changing roster of venders which may vary from year to year and for winter time it should attract visitors and provide an unique public space.
The idea here is not considering the shoreline as the border or the end of the land but the expansion or continuation of two realms between the city(the artificial cliffs and peaks made by steel and glass) and the lake (natural sublime). Therefore, our objective is not about making a separation but more like blending these two.
By having a visual connection between the city and the lake through the gabs generated by the vertical elements, the Kiosk becomes a medium which relates the different views from different perspectives. It’s neither an architectural object(foreground) nor a scenery(background). It’s located somewhere in-between. The thing that we focus on here is a relationship between man and nature or visitors and surrounding environment. This kiosk doesn’t work by itself. It only works and generates meaning when it meets people who want to use this place and nature which becomes part of it. The design goal is to provide a place where there are various of visitor’s interactions and activities in relation with the surrounding environment and nature. Therefore, it’s a mediator, connector and generator. It’s not a physical entity but rather it’s something which is invisible. It connects man and nature or the city and the lake, and generates various activities in the lakefront.