constructed ground

Chicago | Illinois

This fragment of constructed ground concretizes the mechanisms of growth responsible for Chicago’s role as a world-class city, existing at the threshold between man-made and natural, a blurred boundary. Through the mechanisms of fragmenting and folding, the artificial ground is reconstructed, recoiling from Lake Michigan. This articulated ground provides spaces of varied scales for activity, orientations to various views, and the reintroduction of water to the site. The [re]constructed ground is a place for reflecting and dreaming. Experiencing the site and looking back to the city, one can perceive multiple horizons and layers of history. The panoptic fold, rising over Lake Shore Drive, serves as a place for dreaming: with views of the Lake and a single horizon, a silence is created that permits subconscious oneiric thoughts to surface.