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  • iit campus
    1956

    mies VAN DER ROHE’S design for the campus culminates in crown hall where he showcased his mastery of steel and glass to create a truly modern space.

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  • unity temple
    1908

    an important early work of frank lloyd WRIGHT which was one of the first buildings to utilize reinforced concrete throughout.

  • lake shore drive apartments
    1949

    the twins sit along the lake with their stunning apartments taking full advantage of the view.

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  • mccormick tribune center
    2010

    rem KOOLHAAS’S project playfully sits on mies’s campus. Full of graphics and wallpapers by michael rock the building also features the railway which runs through a tube sitting atop the building.

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  • farnsworth house
    1951

    mies VAN DER ROHE’S built essay on contemporary living still packs a punch with its glass walls and views across the landscape.

  • aqua tower
    2010

    jeanne GANG created a striking design by shifting the balconies of the tower to create large scale wave patterns across the facade.

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  • federal center
    1964

    the complex by MIES VAN DER ROHE puts the short us post office in dialogue with the taller kluczynski and dirksen buildings. The complex also includes a large outdoor sculpture by picasso.

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  • carson pirie scott building
    1899

    the revolutionary building ushered in an era of enlarged glass panes and steel structures rising above Chicago’s flat landscape. The entrance features original sullivan cast iron ornamentation.

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  • marina city
    1959

    the two residential towers rise over the river with their modish corncob design. The interiors contain almost no right angles.

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  • robie house
    1909

    the finest example of wright’s prairie houses, the robie house, is full of his furniture and detailing.

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