Archive for June, 2014

The Architect’s Newspaper: Ahoy! Chicago Entrepreneur Wants to Park a Floating Pool in Lake Michigan

June 10th, 2014

By Chris Bentley / Renderings Space Architects + Planners

Party boats are common in Lake Michigan off the shores of Chicago’s more well to do neighborhoods. But local entrepreneur Beau D’Arcy wants to corner that market with Breakwater Chicago – a floating club and leisure destination anchored in the city’s downtown harbor year-round. The 33-year-old engineer told the Chicago Tribune he’s hoping to create the city’s “next Bean,” referencing Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate sculpture.

To launch the project, which will cost $23 million total, D’Arcy is seeking Kickstarter donations in the amount of $30,000 – one dollar for every square foot of Breakwater Chicago’s proposed plan. He hopes to take the vessel on its maiden voyage, as it were, by July 4, 2015…

Archives | Posted by Carolyn Chapple

Curbed Chicago: Floating Las Vegas Style Resort for Lake Michigan

June 10th, 2014

By AJ LaTrace / Renderings Space Architects + Planners

A bit of Las Vegas could be coming to Lake Michigan if a group of entrepreneurs can raise enough funds and win public support for their plan to build a large floating resort complex dubbed Breakwater Chicago. The concept is to build a small “island”, roughly 300 feet long and 100 feet wide that would look similar to a large yacht but would feature three restaurants, a swimming pool, shops and a spa. The island would have a 2,850 person capacity and reps from the team state in their Kickstarter video that the aim is to make the project a top tourist destination in Chicago. Local design shop SPACE Architects + Planners has been tapped to render the development (if you can call it that) and has revealed a plan that shows an open-air complex during the summer and a dome-covered complex for the cold winter months…

Archives | Posted by Carolyn Chapple