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Ticketing Pavilion
Art Institute of Chicago

We designed an advance sales ticketing pavilion for temporary exhibits at the main entry to the Art Institute of Chicago. Every time a major exhibit opened, the color of the pavilion and the banners on the scaffolding changed, altering the character of the pavilion dramatically.

Scaffolding provided a lacy constructivist structure that emphasized the temporary nature of both the pavilion and the exhibits. As visitors approached the museum, the pavilion’s banners directed them to aisles in front of ticketing windows.

Cashier, office, and storage functions were housed in a cubical enclosure, which was patterned and painted to give it the appearance of an industrial toy. At night the entire pavilion functioned as lit signage that could be seen for a mile in each direction.

Photography: Alan Newman