Lakeshore Disclosure deals with Chicago’s huge heat changes across the year by developing a strategy that sees the building as a giant ‘wall’ with many smaller heat zones intertwined within. The building plays with disruptions of an idealised elevation, and utilises versions of the famous Chicago Window, central viewing pane flanked by two ventilating windows.
Formed from previous studies examining both a disruption of a Miesian 3×3 grid (left), and the real world bastardisation of the Reliance Building into a modern hotel where room size is privileged over the structural and elevational logic of the building, the Lakeshore Disclosure Hotel takes tenets from Chicago’s vertiginous past and lays them on its side to create a new set of idealised tourist spaces on the edge of Lake Michigan. By peeling apart the laminations of the wall, the hotel maintains spaces classified into climatic zones such as tent, cabin or cave. Sitting on the shore of Lake Michigan, the hotel not only provides framed views back across the skyline of the city, but takes advantage of the lake’s particular nature – at once a beach-side resort, then an ice-locked retreat.
Working almost as an occupied fortress wall, the burrows and channels cut through space create a new series of views that break down both the distinction between zones of thermal comfort, service and served spaces, and the notion of an idealised view back across the city.