Navy Pier Finalist: !melk & HOK & UrbanLab


!melk / HOK / UrbanLab smooths the South Dock’s promenade into a gentle slope. At the East End, the Edge includes an Olympic-size swimming pool and a glassed-in platform extending ten feet below lake level so visitors can view a fish habitat (hey!). The Glacier, a 200-foot-high steel structure in the lake, would be a new landmark suitable for climbing, according to the renderings. The team admits its whole vision would cost a whopping $300 million; the $100-million first phase would include improving the South Dock, the Shikaakwa Gardens (a revamped combination of Pier Park and the Crystal Gardens) and the Edge.


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