On the roof of one of the underground parking lots serving McCormick Place and at street level, it is required to raise a number of indoor and outdoor amenities to reply the demand for dining area, meeting and leisure of population visiting the site and surroundings.
CONTEXT. Understanding a big city is understanding crowds’ activities and trends, especially in so engraved locations as the one we are here working with. In this assignment we will be considering three concepts that are a result of the above: public space, collective activities and mega events. Social context (people) is mainly what we are working with. However, our surrounding landscape is something special also to be considered: Lake Michigan front along the Burnham Park is quite a piece of great natural context
1. We are roughly considering that 30% of the whole area will be occupied by restaurant facilities (kitchen, warehouse, front desks and other indoor areas) of different sizes. 40% will we devoted to dining area, which means 4,000 to 4,600 seats, and must be protected from sun and eventual rain on at least half of the area. 20% will be for a plaza(s) and 10% for circulations and other leisure areas. Gardening areas are not considered since we are over a roof slab, but tree and bush planters can be included up to a volume of 200 gallons of dirt.
2. For the amenities construction it is necessary to consider the underneath columns current location, because all structural load conduction will be taken by that structure.
3. Stage presentations (music concerts, dancing demonstrations, clown shows, etc.) might be presented there eventually, for it is important to provide any kind of conveniences (lighting, speakers, transferable scenography, etc.) to favor those performances