The Chicago Architecture Biennial offers a platform for innovative projects of architecture and space experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our life experience.
Through exhibitions, large-scale facilities and an extensive program of events, the biennial will invite the public to participate and reflect on the architecture of new and unexpected ways, and to participate in a global discussion on the future of the field.
The biennial began on October 3 and will have a total duration of three months, staying open until January next year. We present below some of the most outstanding projects.
The studio based in Mexico Pedro & Juana completed the interior design of the press room and media room of the biennial. Located within the Chicago Cultural Center, the team filled the space with carefully chosen pieces of furniture and lights suspended from the ceiling. Sofas and chairs are at the center of the scheme, while some tables and desks were placed on the perimeter of the space.
Using robotic technology developed Gramazio Kohler Research center, ETH Zurich Polytechnic laboratory and self-assembly last year MIT built an architectural installation of granular material of low quality, fully armed by robots. Print Rock employs an algorithm specifically designed to guide a robot arm in three-dimensional process.
The device positioned one textile filament layer by layer around a loose granular material, forming a large-scale architectural structure in a column that does not require additional support elements. The installation presents a radically new to the ‘state of the art of architecture’ approach, official title of the inaugural edition of the biennial and gives birth to a new class of potentially reusable structures that can be automatically manufactured in unconventional ways.
The firm based in New York MOS Architects built house No. 11, a large-scale housing comprising several individual components. Each of these modules positioned orthogonally approaches the standard dimensions of traditional brokers, but reconfigured into a space of 1.5 x 3 meters plywood to maximize indoor spaces. Different areas of the facility include a bed, a desk, chairs and a bathtub. Vo Trong Nghia studies and Selgascano Architects also built large-scale housing as part of the exhibition.
The jury of the biennial selected as winner of the competition to ultramodern Lakefront Kiosks, Rhode Island-based firm composed of architects Yasmin Vobis, Aaron Forrest and engineer Brett Schneider. Chicago named Horizon, the pavilion will have a small library with books on architecture and be covered by a large flat roof constructed with laminated wood. The project will also integrate an observation deck on the roof.
The radical simplicity creates a subtle and varied experience. The lateral extent of the cover calibrates both ends of the Chicago landscape: at ground level, the horizon overlooking Lake Michigan, forming a line of symmetry between the ground and pavilion. From the observation deck, the roof becomes a new artificial horizon, leaving out the foreground and emphasizing the vertical horizon on a floating and abstract level, says the study.
Aranda Lasch unveiled plans for a complex of contemporary art in Bali. Designed for Chinese businessman Budi Tek, Budidesa Art Park comprises a number of art gardens, exhibition halls and a residence surrounded by rice terraces, on a site located just north of Denpasar, the capital.