Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Zaha Hadid's Burnham Pavilion Opens in Chicago's Millenium Park

Millenium Park in Chicago is one of the most successful and prominent design projects in the world and is being added to regularly. The Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) recently opened to the public in Millennium Park. The pavilion is located next to the UNStudio pavilion, which opened to the public on June 19.

More than 7,000 pieces of aluminum - no two alike - had to be individually bent and welded to create its curvilinear form. Then thousands of yards of fabric had to be custom tailored and tightly fit onto the interior and exterior aluminum-tube structure.

The ZHA pavilion’s unique curvilinear geometries required state-of-the-art fabric technologies executed by Fabric Images. Each piece of fabric was individually sewn and tensioned between the aluminum ribs. Inside is a film installation that offers a fully immersive experience to those who enter.

The inner fabric skin serves as the “screen” for a sound-and-video installation by artist Thomas Gray that explores how the Chicago region has transformed during the past 100 years, and invites people to examine their dreams for the future. The multi-channel sound track was created by Lou Mallozzi of Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago.

Both the interior and exterior surfaces of the pavilion are lit in ever-changing designs by Dear Productions.

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