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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Burnham Pavillion in Chicago, Illinois by Zaha Hadid Architect

December 11th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect
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A temporary pavilion designed and erected in Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of the Burnham Plan celebrations – reflecting the Chicago’s long tradition for embracing cutting edge architecture in an in intricate but fluid structure that incorporates hidden traces of Burnham and Bennett’s original 1909 plans to redevelop the city.

Burnham Pavillion

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect
  • Project: Burnham Pavillion
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Floor: 120m2
  • Site: 500m2
  • Footprint: 300m2
  • Project Date: 2009 – 2009
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Jens Borstelmann, Thomas Vietzke

Burnham Pavillion

  • Project Team: Teoman Ayas, Evan Erlebacher
  • Local Architect: The Gray Circle
  • Structural: Rockey Structures
  • Fabrication: Fabric Images
  • Lighting / Electrical: Tracey Dear
  • Film Installation: Thomas Gray, The Gray Circle
  • Sound Installation: Experimental Sound Studio


Burnham Pavillion

Our designs for a temporary pavilion, erected in Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of the Burnham Plan centennial celebrations in 2009, reflect Chicago’s long tradition for embracing cutting edge architecture.

Burnham Pavillion

The design merged new formal concepts, while also incorporating hidden traces of Burnham and Bennett’s organizational systems and architectural representations to produce a structure that was both complex but strikingly coherent.

Burnham Pavillion

The pavilion was composed of an intricate bent-aluminum frame, each element shaped and welded to create a unique curvilinear form. Outer and inner fabrics were wrapped tightly around the interior frame to create a distinctively fluid shape. The skins also served as screens for video-installations within the pavilion.

Burnham Pavillion

Viewed within the context of the wider Centennial celebrations, the pavilion’s design and construction undoubtedly invited and encouraged public discourse on the future of cities. Designed and built to maximize recycling and re-use of materials, it will be undoubtedly be used again in the future, either in Chicago or other locations.

Burnham Pavillion

Burnham Pavillion

Burnham Pavillion

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