Breakwater Chicago’s mission is to create an entertainment venue utterly unique to Chicago: a national and international attraction bringing visitors to experience a world-class city in an unprecedented way, by enjoying an extraordinary location that is both luxurious and truly at harmony with its environment.
Breakwater Chicago LLC (“Breakwater”) is currently designing a 300-foot by 100-foot passenger vessel with restaurants, spa, retail shops, sunbathing, nightclub, event spaces, private club, and even swimming pools. This “floating island” is engineered like a barge, finished like a yacht, and operated like a five-star resort. The Breakwater Chicago vessel will be anchored off-shore from May through September and requires private boat or water taxi access, but is then enclosed during October through April and attached to shore, continuing to offer the sensation of summer throughout the harsh “Chi-berian” winters.
While an extensive engineering and construction team is already in place and actively developing plans necessary to construct a ship, Breakwater has initiated a design competition to begin work on the customer-facing spaces aboard Breakwater Chicago. The competition is intended to solicit design concepts for outward facing exteriors, inward facing exteriors, and interior spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, creative, sensitive to the environment, and financial viable.
Beau D’Arcy, the president and co-founder of Breakwater, conceived of the floating island concept to address several issues: 1) no boating destinations in Chicago, 2) limited access to Lake Michigan for non-boat owners, 3) very few outdoor swimming pools in Chicago, and 4) Chicago winters leave few entertainment options. As a trained engineer, Beau started researching the feasibility of such a “crazy idea” and found that the design was doable… with the right amount of dollars and public support.
From that point, Beau built his team with those two areas in mind. Ashvin Lad joined as the second co-founder to help focus on government relations and marketing, and Liz Bell joined as the final co-founder to support financial projections, deal structuring, and fundraising efforts.
The team enlisted the help of Space Architects + Planners LLC, a Chicago-based architectural design firm, to develop a conceptual design for Breakwater Chicago with the objective to create something that represented a super-yacht on the exterior and a private island on the interior. With their support, a great series of conceptual designs were generated, progressing from rough sketches to photo-realistic renderings.
Once the concept was set, Breakwater detailed out a programming model that allocated square footage for all uses of the vessel. The programming model and the conceptual renderings were then delivered to Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), one of the premier naval engineering firms in the United State based out of Seattle, WA. EBDG has now delivered their final schematic layout drawings, which layout the necessary spaces, ensure vessel stability, and begin the structural engineering process.
City of Chicago...
The city of Chicago is the third largest city in the United States by population with over 2.7 million residents and around 10 million people living in the metropolitan area. Chicago is a proud city, nicknamed the “City of Broad Shoulders” by famous poet Carl Sandburg in 1916. It was home to the world’s first Ferris wheel, the site of the first skyscraper, and the birthplace of deep-dish pizza. Most importantly, Chicago is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan and has been deemed the “Third Coast” as the view from its shores looking out could easily be mistaken for that of an ocean, as one cannot see land across the lake.
Breakwater has established the following goals for the project:
* Design an exterior that represents a super-yacht;
* Design an interior that emulates a private island; and
* Optimize guest experience, guest flow, and operational efficiencies.
Breakwater and its team are following an aggressive but realistic schedule for the design and delivery of the Breakwater Chicago vessel.
* September 7th - launch the design competition
* October 23rd - close the design competition
* October 30th - announce winner(s) of the design competition
* Winter 2016 - commence construction on the vessel
* Summer/Fall 2016 - deliver completed vessel
The designs shown in all photo-realistic renderings are purely conceptual and were created by traditional architects without consideration for United States Coast Guard requirements. The 2D and 3D drawings attached to this competition profile, and any snippets or screen-shots of them included in the "Design Competition Guidelines" file, were generated from a qualified naval engineering firm and have been approved by Breakwater for further development via this design competition.
Designers shall submit a design for the vessel, which shall address the considerations found in the file titled “Design Competition Guidelines” on the competition page at www.arcbazar.com.
Given that the vessel will be operating off-shore for the entire summer season without ever being connected to land-based utilities, water and energy conservation are of the utmost importance. Along these lines, the company has developed a Sustainability Plan that can be found on the company's website at the following web address, and is available as an additional resource for designers: http://www.breakwaterchicago.com/#!sustainability/c192n.
Designers shall submit a design for the vessel, which shall address the constraints and specifications found in the file titled “Design Competition Guidelines” on the competition page at www.arcbazar.com.
Designers shall provide a rough estimate of per-square foot construction costs based on submitted designs, broken down by each general area on the vessel (e.g. Spa, Nightclub, etc).
All submitted design proposals shall be evaluated by the entire Breakwater team. Community members, elected officials, Breakwater advisers, and others may be given the opportunity to provide comment on proposed designs. All designs shall be evaluated based on the criteria of “outside the box” creativity [25%], adherence to the guidelines provided [25%], guest experience [25%], and operational efficiency [25%].
All submissions shall be made in a format or formats that are readable by Microsoft Office software, Chrome web browser, or Adobe PDF Viewer. As a winning designer is selected, Breakwater will ask that they submit their designs in a file type that can be imported by AutoCAD, Rhino or comparable design software programs.
Written materials provided with any drawings or renderings, and explaining the rationale and thought process behind design choices, could help the evaluation panel better understand, and therefore more accurately score, submissions.
All users of the Arcbazar website and/or software hereby acknowledge that, by viewing, downloading, or otherwise accessing any information provided by Breakwater for this design competition, they are receiving information that is confidential or proprietary technical and business information and materials of Breakwater, including without limitation, drawings, presentations, specifications, photographs and any other images, all collectively referred to as "Confidential Information". Each user, its agents and employees shall hold and maintain in strict confidence all Confidential Information, shall not disclose Confidential Information to any third party, and shall not use any Confidential Information except as may be necessary to perform its obligations under the stipulations of this design competition except as may be required by any court or governmental authority.
Design submissions shall be solely the result of the design effort of the designer and thereby be unique, original and not infringe upon any copyright or the rights of any person.
All designs submitted pursuant to this competition shall remain the property of the designers, including copyright in the work.
Designers agree that all costs incurred in submitting any materials in connection with this competition are the sole responsibility of the designers.
By submitting materials, designers grant Breakwater Chicago LLC an exclusive, perpetual, world-wide license to use submitted materials for any purpose without limitation. While the submitting designers shall retain ownership and copyright of the design work, the submitting designers shall not otherwise use the submitted designs without prior approval from Breakwater Chicago LLC.
Breakwater Chicago LLC reserves, without limitation, in perpetuity, the right to reject any and all designs received in response to this competition, waive or modify any irregularities in proposals received or any other aspect of this competition, conduct discussions with one or more designers, and negotiate separately with any source whatsoever in any manner whatsoever.
Breakwater Chicago LLC agrees to use its best efforts to give credit and provide notice to the selected winning designer when using their design work.
Submissions must be submitted by Friday, October 23, 2015, at 11:59pm CDT. All submissions should be uploaded at www.arcbazar.com.
The selected designer shall be notified by October 30, 2015. The selected design shall be posted on www.arcbazar.com. Only the winning designer shall receive direct notification.
Phone inquiries shall not be returned. All questions will be answered via Arcbazar’s “wall” feature at the Breakwater Chicago project page. E-mails regarding questions that can be answered by reviewing this solicitation shall not receive a response. Breakwater shall periodically post relevant questions and answers on the project wall at www.arcbazar.com.