On the occasion of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, Ultramoderne’s winning design will be built and permanently installed on the Chicago lakefront.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Ultramoderne, a collaboration between architects Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest and structural engineer Brett Schneider, won the BP Prize in the Lakefront Kiosk Competition.
The competition called for the design of a new kiosk for the city’s lakefront, and is part of a broader initiative to enhance the lakefront that will result in three additional kiosks designed by emerging architects in collaboration with local schools of architecture.
Titled “Chicago Horizon,” Ultramoderne’s kiosk design started by asking, How much kiosk can you get for $75,000? Chicago Horizon probes this question through a quest tobuild the largest flat wood roof possible. Using Cross-Laminated Timber, a new carbon-negative engineered lumber product, in the largest dimensions commercially available, the kiosk aims to provide an excess of public space for the Architecture Biennial and Chicago beach-goers.
When ultimately placed at its permanent location along Lake Michigan in Spring of 2016, the kiosk will house a commercial vendor, and will provide shelter and a new public space along the lakefront. Ultramoderne’s kiosk will be on display at Millennium Park during the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Ultramoderne is a collaboration between architects Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest and structural engineer Brett Schneider. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, and closely connected with the Rhode Island School of Design, the Ultramoderne team members bring together an extensive range of experience in architecture, design, and engineering at a broad range of scales.
Vobis and Forrest, who together lead the architecture studio Ultramoderne, have extensive experience working for leading architects in San Francisco, New York, and abroad. Schneider is senior associate at Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers in New York, where he has led projects in collaboration with SANAA, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Johnston Marklee, and other leading practices across the globe.