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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.

WMS Boathouse at Clark Park in Chicago, Illinois by Studio Gang Architects

 
February 4th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang Architects (SGA) is pleased to announce the completion of the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park along the north branch of the Chicago River. Designed and built by SGA, the state-of-the-art facility opened to the public on October 19, 2013. It is located at 3400 North Rockwell Avenue on the northwest side of the City of Chicago.

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

  • Architects: Studio Gang Architects (John Castro, Juan de la Mora, Jay Hoffman, Wei-Ju Lai, Angela Peckham, Christopher, Vant Hoff, Michan, Walker, Todd Zima)
  • Project: WMS Boathouse at Clark Park
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Photography: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
  • OWNER: Chicago Park District
  • STATUS: Completed 2013 (Grand Opening October 19)
  • BUDGET: $8.8 million
  • SIZE: 22,600 sf
  • REVEALED: The Art Institute of Chicago solo exhibition
  • Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

The Clark Park facility is one of four boathouses proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as cornerstones of his riverfront revitalization plan, anchoring the river’s future development. Emanuel’s initiative was spurred by the provision of nearly $1 million in grant funds by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up the river and drive job creation. Studio Gang was commissioned to realize two of the four boathouses, with the second facility to be located along the south branch of the Chicago River at 28th and Eleanor Streets. It is scheduled for completion in 2015.

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park is currently home to the Chicago Rowing Foundation (CRF). In partnership with the Chicago Park District, the CRF offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities year-round, including learn-to-row sessions both in tanks and on the river, youth and masters team rowing, ergometer training, rowing-inspired yoga classes, and lessons tailored to individuals with disabilities.

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

As the City of Chicago works to transform the long-polluted and neglected Chicago River into its next recreational frontier, Studio Gang’s boathouse at Clark Park helps catalyze necessary momentum. “The architecture is meant to visually capture the poetic rhythm and motion of rowing,” said Jeanne Gang, Founder and Principal of Studio Gang Architects. “But by providing a publically accessible riverfront, it also reveals the larger movement toward an ecological and recreational revival of the Chicago River.”

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

The boathouse’s design translates the time-lapse motion of rowing into an architectural roof form, providing visual interest while also offering spatial and environmental advantages that allow the boathouse to adapt to Chicago’s distinctive seasonal changes. With structural truss shapes alternating between an inverted “V” and an “M,” the roof achieves a rhythmic modulation that lets in southern light through the building’s upper clerestory. The clerestory glazing warms the floor slab of the structure in winter and ventilates in summer to minimize energy use throughout the year.

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

The 22,620-square-foot complex consists of a two-story mechanically heated and cooled training center, one-story boat storage facility, and a floating launch dock. The main building houses row tanks, ergometer machines, communal space, and an office for the Chicago Park District. Boat storage accommodates kayak and canoe vendors and includes office space, as well as clear span storage for rowing shells and support equipment.

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Image Courtesy © Studio Gang Architects

Image Courtesy © Studio Gang Architects

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