Which new design would you want to have a new first date at? Here are the first three redesigns for the Navy Pier Centennial Vision. The second presentation with Field Operations and Xavier Vendrell Studio are probably starting right now but, here is how the first three presentations went. The three contenders that went first were AECOM/BIG, Aedas Architects, and !melk.
The first up for the night was Aedas/HOK, PierEscape. The most interesting portion of their project was the redesign of the Navy Pier entry it was recreated into a more natural marsh habitat with interesting look out point to view the city and the pier and some cool lighting sculptures.
Next was AECOM/BIG Pier +, easily the winner of the night. We will have to see what Field Operations comes up with another one of my favorite firms. I am a pretty big BIG fan but there are a few reasons why, he is one of the best presenters of our time and his designs are usually quite thoughtful.
Their presentation was well presented and well thought out, like the first date scenario that could take place at the new pier. It takes advantage of the existing facilities and takes them to the next level.Great new winter sledding spot would maybe bring people to the Pier during their slowest season. They also turned the green house into a great urban hydroponic garden with actual fish, not just a fish pattern on the floor. Also it was refreshing to see an addition of a non-architectural solution, the Pier + card and app. With the app you could control one of the interactive fountains.
The last team !melk, Great Pier. They also had a good solution to the entrance of the Pier “business in the front party/park in the back.” The space would be a great activator to bring new people to Navy Pier. Their project included a glacier sculpture and theme.