|courtesy Studio/Gang Architects (click images for larger view)|
|McCormick Tribune Campus Center, model,OMA|
For me, it has that kind of beauty of potential focused on the concept and liberation from technique in a certain way, and as part of the repertoire of a single story building, I think that relatively modest sectional variations add . . . a kind of simple but efficient effect.When the organizers of Expo Chicago 2012, the blockbuster art show setting up shop in Navy Pier's massive Festival Hall later this month, turned to architect Jeanne Gang and her firm Studio/Gang, her inspiration was a more local version of that Pompeian carpet . . .
Inspired by the urban grid of Chicago, the floor plan is patterned after the city’s streets and is lined with galleries to enable visitors to view every gallery in sequence without losing their way. It also gives visitors the option to walk along a diagonal “avenue” to see select exhibits and installations. The street grid is punctuated with plazas and amenities, including a chef’s kitchen, dining space, and lounges.Last year, Gang teamed up with the National Resources Defense Council to create Reverse Effect, a book that was a compilation of ideas about re-imagining Chicago's waterways. At Expo Chicago this year, architect/artist Maya Lin has agreed to be the NRDC's featured artist.
As an extension of the IN/SITU series of installations of larger-scale works within the Festival Hall, Andrew Rafacz Gallery has also colonized the Chicago Loop Alliance's Pop-Up Art Gallery in the Bruce Graham/Walter Netsch designed Inland Steel Building, featuring Endymion, by Daniel G. Baird, in steel, MDF and porcelain . . .