IIDA Student Design Charette
In this competition, we were challenged to redesign the existing workspace at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago into an office of tourism for the city. In our design, we were inspired by the views out the space's large windows, which overlook the organic split of the river and the industrial grid of the city. We used these contrasting urban and natural layers to inspire our floor plan, which features a path of travel identical to the shape of the river. This shape also segments our plan into the three programatic elements of the space: event, office, and retail. The path symbolically connects back to the tourism of the city through storytelling; featuring the people, places, and products of Chicago.
Our team took second place:
Sydnie Bingabino, Gabrielle Booth, Samantha Bourgeois, Madeline Cipro, Alison Schantz