Eckhart Park Donor Plaza
Three Planes and a Bench, a collaborative entry into the Eckhart Park Advisory Council’s open call for a donor monument in this little neighborhood park in the Noble Square neighborhood of Chicago. Graham Grilli, Chris Phillips and I decided that Eckhart Park needed an addition more than an improvement, with its ball fields, field house, and natatorium being in constant use by members of the Eckhart Park community. The competition brief encouraged entries to “visually draw passers-by into the park,” so we focused on an unused section of residual green space along Chicago Avenue, in front of the field house. As it sits currently, this space separates the bike racks and accessible entrance from the entry plaza and stairs up to the front door. Our scheme creates paths into and through this area, adding versatility as well as usability to this neglected plot of land.