Our team developed a concept, B-SEEN, to present a structure that would “be seen” as attractive lakefront architecture, while serving as a functional space for various commercial or cultural activities.
SGH worked closely with the architectural team to develop structural design concepts for the kiosk. Through design charrettes and team discussions, we evaluated several different structural and non-structural materials, assessing benefits and detriments of each. We evaluated materials for structural material properties and also for constructability, cost, durability, and resistance to vandalism. Our final design allows the frame to receive interchangeable wood or steel slats used to create varying screens to fit the range of uses. The intertwining and movable slats support the activity by opening to allow inviting light and closing to provide a secure space.
We detailed the structure and foundation elements to be deployable and transportable with all the pieces fitting in a truck, maximizing its uses for the city.