K+ is a kiosk for Chicago’s contemporary urban lakefront.
Contextualized in a new reading of the water’s edge, the kiosk emerges as a transparent and flexible architecture capable of adapting to multiple sites and programs.
Chicago’s lakefront is a thick, complex urban continuum that, among many other unique qualities, is organized specifically for the public. Through its construction plan, materials, programming, and siting, K+ celebrates this civic nature, activating urban-scale flows and embodying cutting-edge architectural design.
Downtown Chicago is heavy with historic and contemporary architecture. Much of this design would not have been possible without scaffolding acting as fundamental support throughout the construction process. This proposal argues that the temporary nature of scaffolding can be used as a conceptual and architectural asset: as a typology, the “kiosk” is a temporary, moveable unit, and can be expressed as such through this particular material.
Supplementary materials include maple plywood for furniture and finishes; LED tube lighting; renewable lithium batteries; and dual USB phone and tablet chargers built into the central furniture piece. All materials are locally-sourced and available within an hour’s drive of Millennium Park.