Dusable Harbor Building


DuSable Harbor Building


Chicago, Illinois

The new LEED Gold Certified harbor building (with food concession; park restrooms; harbor office and retail store; and boaters' locker rooms) is squeezed between Lake Shore Drive and DuSable Harbor on Chicago's urban lakefront.  The congested park's lawn folds up and over the building's top to make a roof that's really "green"so not a single square foot of precious lakeside parkland is lost. From the park, the building completely disappears as a gently ramped hillside that slopes up to make a grassy viewing platform for enjoying the boats and fireworks displays on the lake. From the water, its simple concrete form extends far into the landscape, making the comparatively small building a strong focus for the activities on the bustling harbor's 18-acre expanse. Yellow-painted panels of corrugated perforated metal glide open on stainless steel tracks or flip up like awnings in the summer to reveal the building's amenitiesand then close to protect them when the boating season is over.



2010 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award

Chicago Architect, 11/12 2010

CS Interiors, 10/12.2009

PBS WTTW Channel 11, 09.17.2009

Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine (cover), 09.2009

Chicago Tribune, 08.27.2009

Chicago Tribune, www.chicagotribune.com, 08.27.2009;

ArchitectureChicago Plus, www.arcchicago.blogspot.com, 06.25.2009

Placement: The Architecture of David Woodhouse Architects, E Keegan (Chicago: I space Gallery, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009)

Chicago Architect, 09.10.2008





Chicago Park District


Completed 2009

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Project Data

Area/Budget: 5,000sf / $3,100,000

Scope: LEED Gold Certified 5,000sf harbor building (harbor offices, retail store, locker rooms, rest rooms, concessions) with "green roof" on Chicago's lakefront

Project Team: David Woodhouse, Brian Foote (project architect), Andy Tinucci, Rea Koukiou, Marsha Woodhouse

CE Anderson & Associates (structural); CCJM Engineers (mep); Terra Engineering (civil); Jacobs Ryan Associates (landscape); Vistara Construction Services (cost); Executive Construction (general contractor)

Photographer: Andy Tinucci