Tribune photo by Michael Tercha
June 18, 2009
Architect Ben van Berkel, founder and principal of UNStudio, introduces his Burnham pavilion on the Chase Promenade in Millennium Park.
Van Berkel's pavilion is at once thoughtful and delightful, packing just enough bling to stand up to the park's star attractions -- the spitting, oversize faces of the Crown Fountain and the mesmerizing sky and skyline reflections of "Cloud Gate." Like those two populist works of public art, it is thoroughly interactive. You can walk on it, sit on it, guide a wheelchair over it and look at the skyline through it. At night, a grid of 42 computer-controlled, LED lights will shine on the underside of its roof, changing color and intensity depending on the number of pedestrians who walk by.