POLK BROS FIRE BOAT HOUSE | Chicago, Illinois
Olivia Smith | Librarium: At-Large Nominated Project
ARCH 315: Architectural Design V (Synthesis), Fall 2019
David Beach, Studio Instructor
This design attempts to create a unique experience through an organic building form that maintains a dialogue between density and lightness. The proposed structure is an interlocking glulam system enclosed with a steel-and-glass curtain wall system and a membrane roof that allows for ambient lighting throughout. The building organization consists of a series of bays in stair-stepped sizes that house areas for indoor repairs near the central boat docking, a café, a small museum, and a community outreach space that increases interest in the history of fireboats in Chicago.