A pavilion without walls but including a rooftop viewing platform has been named the winner of the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s competition to design a kiosk on the waterfront of Lake Michigan.
Named Chicago Horizon, the pavilion designed by Team Ultramoderne will contain a library with architectural books, topped by a flat roof made of timber.
Visitors to the viewing platform will stand at chin-height with the roofline, while the roof will screen out the immediate surroundings, focusing views on the lake on one side and the city skyline on the other.
The roof will be covered in a layer of gravel, which will add weight and protect it from Chicago’s strong lakefront winds.
The kiosk will be erected for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the first event of its kind in North America. It opens on 3 October 2015 and runs until 3 January 2016.