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Grimshaw, HOK and Aedas’ shortlisted Chicago Navy Pier schemes revealed

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Images showing the five shortlisted schemes competing to revamp Chicago’s 900-metre long Navy Pier amusement attraction have been unveiled

The proposals by New York-based Melk with HOK and Urban Lab; AECOM with Bjarke Ingels Group; Aedas Architects with Davis Brody Bond and Martha Schwartz Partners; James Corner Field Operations; and Grimshaw Architects with Xavier Vendrell Studio went on display in Chicago this week.

Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas’ OMA made the competition’s longlist but were eliminated along with Diller Scofidio & Renfro and Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architects in November. The contest’s initial round drew responses from 52 international design teams.

The Pierscape competition is part of a bid to transform the pier into a new ‘truly iconic and world-class destination’ in time for its 100th anniversary in 2016.

Navy Pier chair Sarah Garvey said: ‘The board was thoroughly impressed with the proposals from this group of talented and internationally renowned design teams. We had a strong turnout at the presentations and received great public input. We hope to hear from many more people in the coming weeks and encourage people to go see the design proposals first-hand at locations throughout the city.’

The revamp is planned to maintain the pier’s family appeal while drawing more adults and year-round visitors, with more dining and entertainment options and more appealing public spaces that take advantage of its unique setting.

Navy Pier executive vice president Steve Haemmerle added: ‘Ultimately, [we] will select a design team, or possibly a combination of teams, that best understands our objectives and would make a great partner in further exploring, developing and refining design ideas and concepts.

‘We have five truly talented design teams so the decision will not be easy, but we are confident that the team selected will contribute significantly to the transformation of the pier into a truly world-class public venue.’

The public can comment on the scheme on the Navy Pier Vision website. A winning team, or teams, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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