Navy Pier Wave Wall’s Urban Design & Structures Photography

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Navy Pier wave wall

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Navy Pier Chicago

Navy Pier Chicago

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wave stair wall Navy Pier

MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography photographs the Navy Pier Wave Wall and Urban Design & Structures Photography showcasing the urban design materials, systems infrastructure and architecture design of the recently redesigned, downtown Chicago popular tourist attraction.  Our photography focused on capturing the Navy Pier wave stair wall’s modern design which utilizes our client’s application of commercial and industrial paint coatings finishes. 

Navy Pier’s dynamic lakefront location has been a part of Chicago’s history since 1916.  As Chicago urban design and architectural photographers, we appreciate the benefit of often learning early about finishing of construction, photographing just built skyscrapers, buildings, new construction, and unique architect projects annually; such as quoting photos of Chicago’s newest Navy Pier “Wave Stair Wall” right after completion.  

Our client’s marketing contact inquired to us about her company’s infrastructure construction marketing portfolio photo needs and photography the company’s latest urban design architectural project at Chicago Navy Pier.  Looking for Chicago photographer to photograph several angles and appearances of the Urban Design & Structures featuring the company’s architectural and industrial coatings for the wood & steel architectural materials around the finished site.  The architect designed and client’s finishing coatings are visible within the wave stair wall, railings and benches around the staircase of the pier, providing a premier coating for high performance architectural and industrial applications using a Fluoronar finish.  Photography included a variety of angles and detailed pictures of the sites that utilized architectural steel and metal primer and topcoat final coatings.   A few wide shots included the skyline to the west, with Loews Hotel Tower, Trump, 474 North Lake Shore Drive, & Lake Point Tower skyscrapers visible in the background of the pier images.  

The Navy Pier pierscape renovation is a small part of the plan for Chicago’s historic Navy Pier redesign called The Centennial Vision. Navy Pier celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.  The first of multiple phases of construction design at Navy Pier included architect and construction company’s development of new architectural structures – Wave Wall, Info Tower, Lake Pavilions, and Kiosks Kiosks with stainless steel canopies and a towering glass and chrome sculpture are among the recent enhancements made now spanning the newly redesigned pierscape in Chicago on the Navy Pier’s South Dock and the Polk Bros. Fountain. The pierscape urban architecture and landscape design project was led by New York based James Corner Field Operations team in the design of the contemporary “pierscape” that will renew the popular destination’s experience and connection to the water.  “Re-imagined as a green spine that extends from Lake Michigan back into the city, the Pier’s South Dock anchors a series of thematic rooms filled with engaging social spaces, contemporary architecture, stunning water features, atmospheric lighting, amusements, and seasonal plantings.  The new South Dock and adjoining Polk Brothers Park, as well as the upcoming East End Park, Crystal Garden and other public spaces, will make Navy Pier not only a world-class icon, but also a center of activity and culture that is reflective of an authentic, contemporary Chicago identity.”

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Navy Pier Chicago wave wall

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The Chicago’s Navy Pier is Illinois’ most popular tourist attraction. The pierscape’s redesign connects the vibrant social and recreational space redesigned to help connect the pier back to the city.  Field Operations  plans for the architecture of Pierscape to be organized into two categories and scales: large singular structures that merge buildings with landscape and smaller objects that punctuate the pier and frame new views towards Lake Michigan. As the architects on the team, nARCHITECTS collaborated on the overall plan and designed structures that enhance Chicagoans’ connection to the lake by framing, integrating or reflecting the natural environment.  

As the centerpiece of the South Dock Promenade, the Wave Wall is a louvered façade that morphs into a grand stair, inspired by the Spanish Steps in Rome at Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti.  It connects the South Dock to an upper level amusement park in one continuous and dramatic social space with south facing views of Lake Michigan.  As the steps rise and transition into louvers, they reveal access to 30,000 square feet of retail spaces below.  The Wave Wall Staircase steps serve not only as a traditional staircase purpose leading upwards from the lakefront up to the Centennial Wheel Navy Pier Chicago, but also dual use as seating for the throughout the Summer, twice a week Navy Pier Firework’s show where many onlookers sit to watch fireworks lighting the sky over Lake Michigan.  

Chicago Navy Pier Wave Wall Stairs
Location: Chicago, IL
Construction of 3,000 ft-long pier redesign and The South Dock and Polk Plaza Navy Pier Project was completed in 2016.

1st Prize, International Competition, with James Corner Field Operations, Team Leader.
Awards: 1st Prize, International Competition; Architizer A+ Awards, Finalist, Mixed-Use Commercial. 

Architizer A+ Awards, 2017 Finalist, Architecture + Sustainability: Navy Pier South Dock and Polk Bros. Fountain.
ASLA-NY Honor 2017 Award: Navy Pier South Dock and Polk Bros. Plaza.
Chicago Design Awards, 2017 Gold Winner, Architecture Mixed-Use: Navy Pier.
Offshore – Rooftop Bar at Navy Pier is a 2019 ALA Merit Winner.
2019 Merit Award for Navy Pier from PA-DE ASLA Chapter.
Navy Pier Phase 1 opened in May 2016 and is the first project to achieve Gold certification under the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) v2 rating system.

Chicago Navy Pier Wave Wall Project Collaborators:  
Design Architect and Architect of Record for the Wave Wall, Kiosks, Pavilions, and Info Tower by nARCHITECTS.

Interior Architecture for Wave Wall by Gensler Architects.  
Project Lead, Prime and Lead Landscape Architect, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design by James Corner Field Operations.  
Local Architectural Consultant: Epstein Global.
Structural Engineering: Buro Happold.
MEP & Civil Engineering: Primera Engineering.
Soils and Irrigation: Jeffrey Bruce and Company.
Local Landscape Architect: Terry Guen Design Associates.
Water Feature Design: Fluidity Design Consultants
Green Wall and Botanical Specialist: Patrick Blanc.
Grass Specialist: John Greenlee & Associates.
Event Planning: Chris Wangro
Envelope Consultant: Simpson Gumpertz Heger.
Architectural Commercial and Industrial Painting Coatings & Finishing: Tnemec
Lighting Design: L’Observatoire International.  
Graphic Design, Signage and Wayfinding: Pentagram
Industrial Design: Billings Jackson Design.
Traffic Engineering: Kimley-Horn.
Sustainability Consulting: RE:Vision
Collaborators Phase 2: Architect of Record: Gensler.  Structural: Thornton Tomasetti. MEP Engineering: ESD Global, Code: d’Escoto, Inc.

Contact MILLER+MILLER to discuss your project.  Visit our Portfolio section for a variety of image examples – and – click below for two featured projects: The Chicago Skyway or Crescent Dunes Solar both examples of unique, architectural structures photo projects.

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This blog post features images from our exterior RISE at Riverfront Crossings Iowa City photography architectural shoot.  The two-tower, mixed-use complex development rises 15-stories high.  The new, high-rise towers make for an attractive, modern update to downtown Iowa City’s expanding skyline.

The metal and glass, duo-tower architecture, modern skyscraper development is home to two new businesses in Iowa City Hyatt Place Hotel Iowa City Downtown and off-campus student housing residential apartments RISE at Riverfront Crossings.  Focusing on the building’s exterior photography, the building shoot of the two-towers highlights the property’s mixed-use, and façade construction design.  The new construction Iowa City project is both an urban residential, student housing development, mixed with hotel hospitality downtown in Iowa City.  The Rise at Riverfront Crossings development achieved LEED Gold Certification for sustainability.

Chicago-based photographers, we travel to Iowa, around the Midwest, and we are often booking travel architecture shoots Nationwide!  Upon final construction completion, our client who is the manufacturer and installation construction company of the glass and metal building enclosures, requested portfolio marketing architectural images looking for us to highlight in photography the modern architecture’s metal & glass.  The high-rise property and Iowa architectural photography shoot included capturing both day and night exterior building photographs of RISE and the Hyatt Place Hotel in Iowa City.  The photos focused on construction marketing portfolio photos to showcase the final construction of the large mixed-use property site capturing both the hospitality and luxury apartment student housing complex towers.  The location offered an excellent setting for adding drone aerial building photos, in additional to the daytime, and eye-catching sunrise or night dusk exterior photography of the property. We are photographers who have photographed several luxury apartment and condo development photography & similar architecture designed development student housing projects.

The modern luxury, 2-story high-rise and mid-rise Iowa development property with underground parking garage is located in downtown Iowa City within the downtown’s university area. The mixed-use development complex is steps away from the University of Iowa campus.  RISE is the University of Iowa’s new student apartments and premium upscale housing, off-campus living apartment community.  Offering brand new, stunning interior design and rooms inside, these apartments feature the latest in upscale student housing trends and amenities.  Our photography client continues to be building Nationwide, constructing numerous luxury, and upscale student housing developments with unique, incredible modern architecture & building design.  The mixed-use development and RISE at Riverfront Crossings incorporates all the extras expected in luxury dorm, off-campus living.  Unique to other student housing projects we’ve photographed, for this Iowa City development’s design it offers the convenience of an on-site Hyatt  Place hotel for student’s parents and visitors to rent a hotel room in the adjoining tower near by.

Capturing exterior building photography of the two, 15-story and high-rise towers that create the new Iowa City downtown skyline,  our shoot includes photos of the property’s outdoor facade, multiple entrances into the mixed-use development, the residential rental courtyard with pool deck for student’s pool-side lounging featuring an outdoor Jumbo-Tron to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes play where fire pits and grilling stations are nearby. With a long list of amenities on the Rise at Riverfront Crossings, student’s apartments tower, which go above and beyond standard student living, it was easily recognizable these apartments provide a luxury living space that gives University of Iowa students a comfortable, chic retreat from the hustle and bustle of academic life. The Rise and the Hyatt Place Hotel Iowa City twin towers offers both a luxury housing apartment building and luxurious hotel.  Both are a great location near downtown Iowa City’s shopping & restaurants, and an easy walk to the U of I campus.  The two-tower luxury student residence and hotel are located close to the Iowa River in downtown Iowa City.  For hotel guests or student residents needing a break from studying, the nearby Iowa River waterfront park has walking & biking trails and opportunities for students who enjoy river boating & recreation too.  Additional exterior building perks include the convenient, on-site parking garage located under the building.

Development & Construction Management by: CA Ventures 
Architect, Planning and Interior Design Firm: Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
Construction: Beal Derkenne Construction
Engineering: Pierce Engineers
Hyatt Hotel Operator: Janko Hospitality
Investor, Developer and Rise Students Apartments Operator: CA Ventures

RISE at Riverfront Crossings 435 Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240  |  Hyatt Place Hotel Iowa City Downtown 255 E Court St, Iowa City, IA 52240

MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography is a Chicago-based and Nationwide traveling architectural photographers booking a variety of photography commercial construction, developments, high-rises, warehouses, hotels, retail, interiors, and more for construction, design, property management, acquisitions, apartments, student housing developer, real estate development investment firms, and architect client’s portfolio of images.  Having the luxury of traveling around the Nation to capture exterior photography shoots of student housing construction, we have captured several similar built, high-rise modern property’s photography.   From photographing several award-winning modern university housing construction college campuses in our Midwest region of Chicago, to Madison Wisconsin and Iowa City, to traveling easily to Portland Oregon, and Tempe Phoenix Arizona, and beyond.  Our architectural photography company quoting our entire client’s portfolio and traveling Nationwide, beneficially produces a quality consistent set of photographs for your portfolio to comprehensively represent your brand across the country from location to location.  

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MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography is a commercial Iowa architectural photography photographer team. Our company has produced high-quality marketing photos photographing properties in Iowa and around the Nation since 2006.  Producing images for all types of real estate, residential, commercial, and award-winning architects in Iowa, in Chicago, the Midwest, and beyond traveling Nationwide.  Our architectural photography company, a husband-wife team, provides architectural photography, exterior and interior photographs for clients across Iowa, in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Ames, Waterloo, Dubuque, Davenport, Ankeny, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Urbandale, Cedar Falls, Quad Cities region, and beyond throughout the state of Iowa.

Rely on our experience as Chicago’s Iowa Architectural photographers providing all of your drone, exterior and interior marketing photos, real estate building, development, corporate, commercial construction, architect, developer photography needs.  Our husband-wife team of architectural photographers will quote photography of any Iowa building, property, or a structure.  Past photo projects Include photography of all building and construction types from Real Estate, New Construction, Renovations, Developments, Acquisitions, Hotel, Student Housing, Property Management, Academic Education, and more.  Delivering exteriors and interiors architectural images and providing photography for many of Iowa’s award-winning architect and designer’s construction design, interior environments, the finest architectural interiors, design marketing, building and editorial with photography showcasing each of our client’s specific marketing needs.    

Looking for a commercial building photographer who can include aerial building drone photography of your Iowa property?   Miller + Miller is a FAA Certified Part 107 Drone and Aerial Photographer Nationwide licensed operator.  From award-winning architectural photography of interiors to exteriors, to Iowa drone aerial photographer photos, and night photos, our architectural photo company and photographer team offers an abundant of photography and cinematic video marketing photographic services throughout the state of in Iowa and for client’s Nationwide portfolios.  

Photographing all types of Iowa building projects to include mixed-use, multi-family, apartments, duplexes, townhomes condominium, hotel, new construction, parking garage, LEED certified design, historic house, custom private residences, model homes, luxury condominium, design-build, designers, architect projects, residential & commercial properties and developments, engineering, agriculture facilities, energy, transportation, education, infrastructure, and more.  Many clients contact us about booking a photo shoot just after the building’s grand opening.  Capturing exterior and interior photos for their portfolio, marketing, or upcoming awards entries.  Photographing a new construction development, a hotel, or education facility, to photos for a recently built property, renovations, expansions and additions.  From small buildings to large developments, shopping malls, retail, hotels, offices, commercial building, corporate headquarters, business parks, industrial, manufacturing, medical clinic, hospitals, healthcare, education, industries, high school, colleges, universities expansions, art center, music concert, performing arts, theaters, sports arenas complexes, museums, civic center, government buildings, dealerships, bank financial, worship religious, temple, church building, temple, historic preservation renovation, recreation & wellness centers, and more in Iowa.  

Hire MILLER+MILLER to provide a visual story-telling of your property.  Upon a special request, we can incorporate within the interior architecture photos “life” which helps to showcase the story of a property to shoot with people, the employees, students, or staff moving throughout into the interior room photography of the space.  For exterior building photos, request us to incorporate the urban environmental life with the property photos capturing streetscape images with blurred cars, night photos highlighting transportation, or a busy, Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City, downtown or urban location vibe within the property’s architectural night exterior photography.  Or alternately, hire Miller + Miller architectural photographers to focus on the marketing property photography without people to focus on simplicity of the architecture and design details within the images of the building.  We are capable of either requested option.

Miller + Miller are photographers who specializes in providing the best property, marketing, advertising, artistic, creative, and drone aerial drone images and video for companies in Iowa traveling throughout the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, the Midwest, Chicago, and beyond.  We are the Midwest’s choice and your Iowa architectural commercial photographer team ready to quote any photographic project from top to bottom, interiors inside and exteriors outside, photos on the ground to drone images from the sky.  Contact us to discuss your company’s portfolio of properties and photography project. 

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Consultants, design professionals and architects looking for an architectural photographer?  Submit architecture, building and construction awards and read about recent developments, construction, architect, and building news on the Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Iowa chapter web site.  Book MILLER+MILLER as your photographer to submit images into ia architect magazine, the showcase magazine for Iowa and Midwest Design. Iowa Architect magazine is the official publication of AIA Iowa featuring award winning interior and exterior Iowa architectural photography, architecture images. and advocating design excellence, building innovation, and technology submitted projects & photos.  Photographers Miller + Miller Architectural Photography specializes in photography for a variety companies in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Ames, Waterloo, Dubuque, Davenport, Ankeny, Council Bluffs, Urbandale, Cedar Falls, Quad Cities region, and beyond in Iowa. 

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