The existing railroad viaduct along Bloomingdale Avenue in Chicago is to be converted into an elevated bicycle/jogging path. A small retail structure was to be designed that compliments the new function of the viaduct, as well as to provide a transition between the viaduct and street levels.
A bicycle shop occupies the ground floor, with a small cafe overlooking from above. Open stairs and an elevator join the two levels, and a pedestrian bridge spans Bloomingdale Avenue to connect the upper level of the structure with the viaduct. A sweeping roof visually unifies all elements of the project.
Third Year Design Studio, Fall 1999
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Architecture and the Arts
Studio Critic: Kenneth Schroeder