Competition :: Breakwater Chicago - Floating Entertainment Island for Lake Michigan

Breakwater Chicago - Floating Entertainment Island for Lake Michigan
Submit by: 10.25.15
Competition Website

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.

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:!sustainability/c192n.

Submissions must be submitted by Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 11:59pm CDT.


The competition is open to architects and students. You can sign-up and participate at this competition for free at: