Fibonacci Golden Ratio Architecture: Ecology Center


Chicago, IL

Academic Year

Fall semester of 2015


Mark Pearson


To explore the architectural language of what an ecology center would be in Chicago on a site situated adjacent to Lake Michigan. Program to include at least an exhibit space and spaces for education and research.


The project draws inspiration from existing forms in nature that embody the notions of expansion, growth and movement. The location was unique for Chicago as it was to be situated on the East side of Lake Shore Drive which is against current building code. The project therefore had to be convincing enough to be and exception.

The building expresses the beauty of how nature forms itself without linear articulation. The site strategy utilizes curving walls that gesture movement towards the water with a ramping corridor that connects visitors to the panoramic exhibit space while bringing them closer down towards Lake Michigan.


Rendered perspective view from the rooftop garden.
Interior Perspective rendering of the entrance.

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