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Ping Tom Park Boathouse

Chicago, IL United States

Johnson & Lee Architects and Planners


Project Description


This Chinatown riverside project is the first boathouse in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to promote recreation on the Chicago River. Distinct components of the facility include a storage shed for kayaks and canoes; a comfort station and vending area; a porte-cochère resting ground; and a landscape path from the boathouse to the river. “Wonderfully sited and reflects the city’s desire to engage the river,” a juror said. Each part of the design employs a color and detailing all its own: The deep red steel storage shed enclosed with decorative screens and rolling shutters doors; the black masonry of the comfort station; the white steel canopy of the porte-cochère. The colors are intended to complement one another yet signal the functionality of each part on its own. “Everything is relational and in dialogue with each other, including the river,” a juror said.

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Ping Tom Park Boathouse
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