FROM AIA CHICAGO:
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.
For more information about the 2014 AIA Chicago Small Projects Awards, please read http://www.architectmagazine.com/award-winners/aia-chicago-announces-winners-of-2014-small-projects-awards_o.aspx