Student: Carlos C. Pompeo
The Floating Food Cart (FFC) is a construct that allows the city of Chicago's renewed interest in developing and cleaning its river to emerge in parallel to a culture of food. The FFC or "hinge boat" design, is meant to allow a multiplicity of engagements through its formal composition. It can - through a hinging mechanism - engage docks, piers, and kayakers alike, while allowing for the aggregation of multiple FFC's of the same design. Furthermore, it creates a platform that places its users directly on the river - for a tenuous, yet invigorating dining experience in proximity to the water.
To house the fleet of FFC's now moving along the Chicago River, a site was called upon to provide a docking terminal that would allow them to park and serve - giving life to an ever-changing dock/restaurant/produce market operating throughout the year.
The terminal's dynamic roof structure runs the length of the river channel underneath, funneling water and light into strategic pools serving as by-the-water dining locations. A set of three buildings bridge the channel, creating public access and shelter for the continued operation of the restaurant and market through Chicago’s cold winter months.