chicago: zaha hadid pavilion

zaha hadid never ceases to amaze us. her hyperdynamic organic architecture goes from strength to strength, blessing each location with astonishing visual drama. the burnham pavilion, part of the burnham plan centennial celebrations in chicago, is the newest example. the pavilion is composed of a curved aluminium structure with each element shaped and welded in order to create its fluid form. fabric skins have been tightly zipped around the metal frame to create the curvilinear shape. the interior skin also serves as the screen for a video installation by british artist thomas gray that explores the city’s past and future. the pavilion is open through oct 31 and is one of two pavilions erected for the centennial. the other structure was built by amsterdam-based unstudio. location: millennium park.
© zaha hadid architects / photo: michelle litvin