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 wave wall stairs

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Navy Pier Chicago wave wall

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.

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This next M+M blog post features photos from our recent Elkhart – South Bend Indiana Pulse Gas Station Photography shoot.  As photographers of commercial construction design build photographing property photos to include capturing drone, interior photos, and exterior architectural photography for projects Nationwide, this shoot at Pulse Gas Station & Convenience Store was located a short drive outside of Chicago in Northwest Indiana’s Elkhart region.  The commercial construction contractor behind the Pulse Convenience Store building project contacted us about booking photography. Pulse is the area’s newest, state-of-the-art gas and convenience store new concept design that was soon nearing construction’s finish and the contractor was planning for the store’s grand opening.  The architectural photography commercial construction building project is a single-tenant, gas station and small retail shop.  The client marketing photos showcasing images of the building’s exterior day and night photos of the gas station and retail store. Plus interior photography of the unique, creative designed self-service interior sections of the retail space.


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Pulse is a new 6,000-square-foot gas station and offers unique, convenience store, food and specialty items to purchase, different than other gas stations in the Elkhart / South Bend Indiana area.  The station has a brick-oven pizzeria readily available for customers to craft order their own pizza’s toppings for a custom made pizza pie, a large self-service candy wall, 15 different flavors of frozen yogurt available, specialty grocery foods, large flavored coffee bar, frozen foods section, a larger variety of the typical station foods, and drinks.  Truly a creative and different style of gas station/convenience store concept that provides for a small dining seating area on-site too. 

The Elkhart / South Bend Indiana Pulse Gas Station Photography shoot incorporated interior photography inside of the Elkhart retail commercial gas station store included photos in the sections graphically called U Craft Woodfired Pizza, U Brew Coffee Bar, U Twirl Frozen Yogurt, Treat U Self to the gourmet candy sweets wall, and the restaurant seating area inside.  Outside, drone and the exterior photography of the gas station property included a couple of angles of the building and photos both with and without the gas station pumps & canopy.  We photographed creative angles and real estate photography capturing the gas station architecture during the daytime, and in dusk night photos.  The developer says plan are in the works to build four or more locations in the coming years.  

Discussing the building’s commercial construction exterior and interior photography project with the client, due to the photography shoot’s property being open to the public, customers would be utilizing the photographed space 24-7.  For the highly public, real estate photographed spaces, our client appreciated we are photographers with an ability to incorporate interior photography of the gas stations and interior retail convenience store with marketing photos to include a lifestyle component to the shots, whereas the customers and people of the public will be blurred and moving throughout the interior retail architectural photography building’s photoshoot. Customers and employees within the photographs add life, movement, and people which help to provide a sense of scale within the composition of each photograph taken.  

A highly-focused and unique gas station incorporating a strategic marketing business concept, the Pulse Gas Station design incorporates a culture based around concepts of delivering “awesome”.   That culture is carried throughout not only graphically and visually within the Elkhart building’s retail store, but in the company’s philosophical branding.  Pulse is selling not only awesome retail products, but also providing a culture of delivering awesome service too!  Environmental graphic design by Treebird Branding.

The interior design of the Pulse retail convenience store is a family-friendly atmosphere.  Our indoor, photo shoot of the store showcased the convenience retail store’s variety of sections and retail departments plus its unique branding.  Offering premium shopping experience and a contemporary environment with creative signage and graphic design visuals throughout the Elkhart South Bend’s interior store floorplan.  Lively, the graphic designer’s designs provide for an atmosphere of inviting yet bold colors throughout the interior of the building’s shopping mart sections.  The gas station concept inside Pulse offers is a casual feel with a small and convenient retail store shopping experience which offers a one stop destination for customer’s to “fill up on awesome”.   Pulse Gas Station,  501 County Road 6, Elkhart, IN 46514 

Traveling Nationwide, MILLER+MILLER is a Chicago-based, husband and wife photographers company booking exterior and interior photography shoots with travel near and far. Contact us when looking for an architectural photographer in Indiana, Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Elkhart, Detroit, Michigan, and beyond.  We book photo projects in the Midwest and Nationwide and look forward to learning about your company’s retail or commercial construction interior, exterior and drone photo project needs.

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