Burma-Shave on LSD sits within the intersection of I-55 and Lake Shore Drive. The Hospital, Hotel and Spa functions of the complex are housed in towers, which recall the forms of buildings of that typology within Chicago. These Chicago-forms integrate themselves into the site by stranding from their bases and dividing their footprints, imitating the sweeping geometry of the underlying interchange. Drivers passing through the interchange are essentially driving through a giant building-scale sign, with each tower advertising its function, in the language of Chicago architecture, working similarly to drive-by Burma-Shave ads. The strands intersect above the interchange and the public programs of each tower mix together, creating unexpected adjacencies that mix health and leisure.
Spring 2015, Professors Sarah Dunn and Sean Lally