Recently a select number of design firms were selected to submit proposals for a renovation and re-imaging of Chicago's Navy Pier. While all of them have merit, the proposal by AECOM+BIG really caught my eye and I think is the best of the group. It gets my "thumbs up."
One my issues with Navy Pier, aside from the parking and congested feel, is all of the concrete. AECOM's Pier+ plan addresses that with plans to "re-colonize the people's pier" by turning the pier into an extension of our lakefront parks. The parks in the project would shape our use of the pier, our views of the skyline and water front. Take a look through the gallery to get a sense of how Navy Pier would be transformed.
All images courtesy of AECOM+BIG. For more images and information visit AECOM's Pierscape site.