SOM debuts robotically fabricated timber pavilion at the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial

In addition to the core exhibitions and dozen-plus commissioned architectural interventions now on view and activated at predominately city-owned vacant lots during the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial, over 100 civic, educational, and cultural partners have launched a range of events—exhibitions, installations, lectures, tours, and more—to coincide with the central festival programming. Among these complementary festival highlights is the debut of SPLAM [SPatial LAMinated timber] Pavilion, a robotically fabricated timber canopy.

SPLAM will function as a permanent, flexible outdoor learning lab and gathering space on the campus of EPIC Academy, a public charter high school located in Chicago’s lakefront South Shore community. The pavilion, a multi-year project of Skidmore, Owings

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