For Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, Field Operations has designed a contemporary “Pierscape” that will renew the popular destination’s experience and connection to Lake Michigan. Re-imagined as a green spine that extends from the lake back into the city, the Pier's South Dock anchors a series of thematic rooms filled with engaging social spaces, contemporary architecture, stunning water features, atmospheric lighting, amusements, and seasonal plantings. The new South Dock and adjoining Polk Brothers Park, Pier Park, East End Park, and Crystal Garden will make Navy Pier not only a world-class icon, but also a center of activity and culture that is reflective of an authentic, contemporary Chicago identity.
2016 marks the Pier’s centennial anniversary and the completion of a first-phase transformation of Navy Pier into the “people’s pier” once again. Working with James Corner Field Operations, Navy Pier Incorporated has lead the development of a new design that reimagines South Dock as a new green spine that extends all the way from Lake Michigan back into the city and anchors a series of plazas, museums, theaters, restaurants, and other destinations that exemplify the vitality of Chicago life and culture.
James Corner Field Operations是该项目的所有方面的首席设计师，包括戏剧性的新水景，场地家具，阶段和口袋公园，种植，俯瞰和整体总体规划。
James Corner Field Operations'Redesign的方法部署了三部分策略：
1) strengthening connections between the city and lake;
2) refreshing and decluttering the pier to make way for new green infrastructure; and
3) embracing Chicago, its culture and character to create a place that is reflective of the city’s identity.
Polk Brothers Park establishes strong connections between the Pier and the City.
New crossings and reconfigured traffic patterns assure a safer and more welcome arrival for pedestrians and cyclists visiting the Pier.
The South Dock Promenade ties all these various places and experiences together in one journey. The Promenade features new herring-bone paving, large shade trees, grass and perennial plantings, social furniture and beautifully reflective kiosks and Lake Pavilions.
Best exemplifying Navy Pier’s commitment to sustainability is its new “green spine ”— a more open and tree-lined South Dock Promenade, as well as an expansive and newly developed Polk Bros. Park and Fountain. In addition to planting approximately 200 native and appropriately adapted trees, the redesign included forward-thinking infrastructure to redirect and utilize storm water for plant irrigation. The selection of native prairie plants also resulted in lower maintenance costs.
Reducing energy consumption is also a major priority for the Pier. It recently signed on to a 5-year renewable energy credit contract for 100% of its energy usage. This new initiative is estimated to yield a 60% reduction of the total energy consumption through energy efficient lighting, pumps, aerator and more.
During construction, Navy Pier set rigorous specifications for materials used, ensuring everything met SITES requirements — in fact, 29.75% of materials used was made from recycled content. After demolition, 100% of the structural waste and 99.94% of roadway and infrastructure waste was diverted from landfills. To continue the green efforts, the Pier now offers recycling receptacles throughout its campus.
Key features of the redesign include the following:
- Polk Bros Park and Fountain: A dramatic large-format 12,500-square-foot fountain with 250 programmable jets and expanded green space for community events and markets.
Marking the gateway to the pier, the Info Tower serves as a dynamic urban beacon clad in glass with a chrome pattern reflecting sky and pier activity. A series of Lake Pavilions combine boat ticket kiosks with large undulating polished stainless steel canopies that reflect the rippling water of Lake Michigan back onto the dock. Similarly, several Free-Standing Kiosks dot the water?s edge with custom corrugated façades of wood and polished stainless steel in order to provide visitors a dynamically different experience upon arrival and departure.