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860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
location Illinois, Chicago
function housing
contributed by piotr_krajewski

860-880 Lake Shore Drive is a twin pair of glass-and-steel apartment towers on N. Lake Shore Drive along Lake Michigan in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The towers were not entirely admired at the time they were built, yet they went on to be the prototype for steel and glass skyscrapers worldwide. Initially, it was difficult to acquire financing for the project, turned down by lenders like Baird & Warner who considered the design scheme to be too extreme. 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments embody a Modernistic tone with their verticality, grids of steel and glass curtain walls (a hallmark of Mies' skyscrapers), and complete lack of ornamentation. Since Mies was a master of minimalist composition, his principle was 'less is more' as it is demonstrated in his self-proclaimed 'skin and bones' architecture (text from Wikipedia).

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860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments
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Completion 1951
ArchitectLudwig Mies van der Rohe
Project ID 5088
Latitude/Longitude 41°53'56N 87°37'08W
Contributed by piotr_krajewski
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