The Burnham Pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid
“Superimpositions of spatial structures with hidden traces of Burnham’s organizational systems create unexpected results in the Burnham Pavilion. By using methods of overlaying, complexity is built up and inscribed in the structure.” -Zaha Hadid
On August 4, 2009 the long-awaited sleek, futuristic pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid, commemorating Daniel Burnham’s innovative Plan of Chicago, opened to the public in Millennium Park. The tent-like structure housed a video installation by Thomas Gray of The Gray Circle, London with sound design by ESS’s Executive Director, Lou Mallozzi. Gray’s installation, which played on a continual loop throughout the day and evening, reflected Chicago’s transformation, and included the voices of people throughout the Chicago area sharing their visions of the future.