Kayaking the Chicago River with Jeanne Gang / The Architect's Newspaper / 2015

Kayaking the Chicago River with Jeanne Gang / The Architect's Newspaper / 2015


Footnotes

A brief digression into site history can enrich our reading of the boathouse’s plywood surface and its symbolism. The complex is built on the location of the fondly remembered Riverview Amusement Park, which was demolished for redevelopment in the late 1960s. One of Riverview’s signature entertainments was the Flying Turns, a bobsled-like coaster that ran a steeply banked course built of cypress planks. Reclining cosily in two-person carts, coupled Flying Turns riders were tossed about on its glossy surface by gravity and clever design. While the two are far from identical, there is a certain visual rhyme between this twisting wooden surface and Studio Gang’s specked plywood ceiling. ➡︎


Extras

✖︎ WMS Boathouse at Clark Park / Studio Gang / 2013

▶︎ WMS Boathouse at Clark Park: Design Process / Spirit of Space

◼︎ Boathouses offer more river access, but is anyone using them? / Grace Wong / Chicago Tribune / 2016


Sources

◼︎ Paddle along with Jeanne Gang as she kayaks the Chicago River / Henry Melcher / The Architect's Newspaper / 2015

◼︎ WMS Boathouse in Chicago by Studio Gang Architects / Michael Abrahamson / The Architectural Review / 2015


Shoreland / Spirit of Space / 2014

Shoreland / Spirit of Space / 2014

Jeanne Gang: The Sky’s The Limit / WTTW / 2011

Jeanne Gang: The Sky’s The Limit / WTTW / 2011