Lakefront Kiosk Competition - Chicago Biennial

FJN Design's submission to the Chicago Lakefront Kiosk Competition, based on user-centric design, materiality of place, and added program functionality in the winter.

“Yet once you've come to be part of this particular patch, you'll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.” 
― Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make

Chicago is the city that works. It is not simply a pretty thing to look at – it is a place founded upon the ability to adapt to and change our environment in straightforward, clear, and beautiful ways. This is reflected in the art, music, food, and architecture of our city, and as such the project was conceived from the start as a design that would reflect this unique attitude.

Chicago is also a city of harsh climatic extremes. However, Chicagoans brave all manner of weather to enjoy their city. The initial conception of the “Chicago Rising” therefore decided that the kiosk would be an active part of the lakefront year-round, presenting different experiences in different seasons.

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