Hadid Pavilion Brings Thousands of Visitors to Chicago Park

Project date
August 20, 2014
Chicago, Illinois

CHICAGO – The second of two pavilions honoring the centennial observation of the first city master plan by architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham opened in Millennium Park.

Since the Aug. 4 opening of the second pavilion, created by world renowned architect Zaha Hadid, thousands of people have visited the structure. Hadid’s pavilion as well as the pavilion designed by the equally famous architect Ben van Berkel, will be open for viewing through October. Both pavilions were fitted with LED light fixtures by Iluminarc.

Unlike van Berkel’s high gloss structure with three scoop-like supports, Hadid chose an elastic, silver-gray tent fabric to cover a 7,000-piece aluminum structure.  She added oblong slits along the top of the pavilion for skylights. Hadid, the only woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, calls this look a “fluid form.”

Iluminarc architectural lighting fixtures were specified by lighting designer Tracey Dear, owner of Dear Productions. The same LED fixtures – Ilumipod™ 18 and Ilumipod™ 36 IP Optic RGB lights – were used to light both structures but the effects they created were completely different.

“It was our intent to make Hadid’s pavilion warm while van Berkel’s is more playful,” Dear said. Hadid’s fabric was very porous, “so it does soak up the color, whereas van Berkel’s pavilion has a reflective finish to bounce the light between the two surfaces” of the floor and roof, he added.

Another factor was the difference in lighting color palettes, Dear said. The colors used for the van Berkel pavilion came from colored illustrations contained in the Burnham plan. “They are old, faded-looking colors, burnt red and orange,” he said.

“With Hadid, we wanted to use dark, saturated complementary colors for the inside and out and to make it more futuristic looking.”

Inside the Hadid pavilion, visitors can view a video that represents the past, present and the future of Chicago.  The installation was produced by the London artist Thomas Gray, who trained at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A variety of events, including talks with the pavilion architects, are planned throughout the summer and fall at a locations throughout Chicago and its suburbs to celebrate the Burnham Plan Centennial.

Daniel Burnham oversaw the construction and operation of the 1892 Chicago World’s Fair and is credited for preserving the Lake Michigan shoreline for the public. He envisioned a network of parks and promenades adjacent to and near the water that would replace the patchwork of tent cities, warehouses and wharves. His plan was based on European architecture and he saw Chicago becoming “Paris on the Prairie.”

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